Mike Adams
This week's column features an interview with Mark Ruscoe, a resident of Asheville, North Carolina. As a father of two (one a college-bound teenager), Mark decided to check out a diversity event at UNC-Asheville. He wanted to learn about the quality of education at UNCA, should one of his children decide to attend the taxpayer-supported institution of higher learning. You don't want to miss this one.

MA: Based on one of our previous conversations, I gather you had quite an experience at UNCA. Could you tell us the name of the event you attended and give us a little background information?

MR: Indeed it was an experience. It was a film called "Masters of the Pillow", produced by a professor of Asian-American studies out at U.C. Davis named Darrel Hamamoto. I learned of the event after I had dropped my daughter off for swim practice at UNCA one afternoon. I looked down on the sidewalk and saw a promotional pamphlet for the film. On the front was a photograph of an Asian couple having sex with a shot of Dr. Hamamoto lecturing behind them in front of a chalkboard. The pamphlet described the basic premise of the film, which was that Dr. Hamamoto felt Asian-American men had become emasculated by popular American culture, and that this project of his was supposed to somehow change that.

Anyway, I decided right then that as a taxpayer and as a parent of a soon-to-be college kid I needed to see this film.

MA: Well, that is an interesting thesis. But, first off, the administrators at UNCA must know that there are occasions when children below 18 will be visiting campus. It would seem that the administration would have the common sense to think twice about floating those pamphlets around campus.

I also want to make sure that I understand the thesis of the film and the professor?s work. He sees the lack of Asians in porn films as problematic? What is he saying? Does he think that white racism is keeping them out of the industry?

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.