Woman in Viral BBC Newsbeat Professor Video Is Actually His Wife
At the conclusion of the video, an Asian woman enters the office and quickly ushers the young children away. Most people online assumed that this woman was the professor’s housekeeper or nanny. However, it turns out that the Asian woman — Jung-a Kim — was actually professor Kelly’s wife.
Our favourite live TV moment of the week by far ?? pic.twitter.com/GXSCUl5hYI— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) March 10, 2017
People on social media should not assume that this woman was a housekeeper based on her race. This stereotype is one of many assumptions that people need to stop making about Asian Americans. In 2013, blogger Katemelon wrote an article on Kinja asserting that harmful stereotypes perpetrated by the media are to blame for many assumptions attributed to Asian women.
Did you come to a wrong conclusion about this sweet video? Lol…we can laugh it off, learn about our biases, grow smarter.— Maria Chong (@mariachong) March 10, 2017
“The stereotypical Asian woman is riddled with intricacies and contradictions. (But also flat and static!) On one hand, we are the nerds who face social segregation, because we all are good at Math. On the other hand, Asian women are the trophies of Asian fetishists, because apparently, we are submissive, accommodating, and have magic vaginas.”
Hopefully, our society can move beyond biases and learn to treat each other fairly. We are making progress towards unity. As in the case of professor Robert Kelly and Jung-a Kim, there are more interracial marriages that are helping people get rid of stereotypes.
This story will certainly change the way you look at viral videos.
1) It's his wife, not a nanny or maid— Maria Chong (@mariachong) March 10, 2017
2) She has a name, Jung-a Kim
3) Cute kids
4) Life happens ❤️
5) ??????? pic.twitter.com/3NFVATjy50