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small festival that is meant to serve as a beacon of endearing nostalgia for those who want to be close to their roots, Ben works hard to find flaws and discredit these efforts. His tone is mocking, and he doesn’t find the movie worthy of the acclaim it got, comparing it to professional efforts when it was just meant to be a personal tribute to a beloved family member. On the other hand, his reaction to Autumn’s art collective went like this: “I was just overwhelmed… but that was amazing” (44) while reaction to her pee installation was “That’s pretty amazing”(44). He isn’t his usual outspoken self, almost like he is trying extremely hard to subjugate his usual aura of negativity and scepticism. He is willing to feign interest in lieu of unleash one his usual bouts of rampant criticism, just to make a favourable impression on an acquaintance he wants to pursue romantically. His treatment of endeavours his girlfriend, who is trying to stay actively engaged in their community, and his treatment of Autumn’s endeavours, that are alien to him, demonstrate how he (sub)consciously holds admiration from a White woman in higher esteem than admiration from an Asian-American woman. His break up with Sasha, and his reaction upon discovering Miko and her new lover, reveal the other functions of his role: the realization that his label will inadvertently always influence how Caucasian women treat him, and how he hypocritically criticises the role reversal of his situation, i.e. the relationship between an Asian woman and a ‘White’ man. His short-lived fling with Sasha, aided by his uncharacteristic toleration of inane drama, apparently comes to an end because she isn’t satisfied with their relationship (and his identity); it is implied by her words “I could be totally totally, brutally honest… I’m not sure you’d ever recover” (72). To someone who himself thinks that ‘all Asians look alike’, he admits that he himself is biased when he says 2
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“I was just idealizing what I couldn’t have, you know? It happens (86).” While he justifies his actions with the flimsy excuse, he attacks Miko’s choice by saying “There’s something creepy about a big White guy who’s horny for little skinny Asian girls (92).” He refuses to acknowledge
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