I was thinking about making a comic about this because this is the most annoying thing.
When I was 17, I went to otakon with a (white) friend of mine. She had red, pink and white dread extensions and piercings and what not and every 5 feet we had to stop so someone could get a picture with her. She wasn’t dressed up as anyone, she was just there.
We met a (black) girl with some of the most beautiful dread extensions I’ve ever fucking seen in red, black and white dressed up as Jesse from team rocket and I kind of lost my shit because she was so cute, but I was too afraid to talk to her. While my friend was getting her 1000th picture taken, I approached her and she found out it was my first time there and wanted me to go around with her so that I didn’t feel lost.
Walking around with her for a bit was so fucking awful only because people kept saying, “It’s a ghetto Jesse.” or that she wasn’t really into that stuff because black girls don’t like pokemon.
She was seasoned by conventions to handle this talk and I felt so awful for her. I am filipina and Irish American, no one questioned me being there. But so many people assumed that because of the color of her skin that she was any less of a fan and any less unique and wonderful. How fucking dare they.
Thus is the reason the nerd culture needs to be turned inside out. So we can lose these fuckers that think that if Ramona Flowers had been black that she’d be ghetto and unfuckable.
dreads and dyed hair and piercings are all so pretty why is it different when theyre black ugh
When I grow up I want to be Ming-Na Wen.
She’s the voice of Mulan, as if she wasn’t amazing enough.
She broke it with her fingers. Not a fist, her fingers.
Girl is 50 years old.
FIFTY. YEARS. OLD.
fun fact: When you break things with your hands like that you have t break your fingers on purpose before so that they heal stronger. So basically this woman is so badass she broke her hands just to do this.
You asshat, you’re making it sound like she snaps her fingers in half.
Martial artists like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee (and yes, fucking Ming-Na Wen, that beautiful badass) will build up their bone strength by repeatedly (and fairly gently) striking sand, gravel, wood and steel - this creates tons of microfractures in their bones (smaller than even a hairline fracture) so the bones will heal over again and make the bones stronger and denser with increased deposits of calcium.
This has to be done over long-ass periods of time, so the bones have time to heal, and none of the fractures expand into actual breaks.
Oh, and she’s doing precise-ass kicks in HIGH HEELS.
she kicks ass like a coursing river
with all the force of a great typhoon
Hands as hitting devices
There’s two ways to build up “iron fist” type training. One is the way described above. It’s usually a combination of striking soft things and building up to harder objects over long periods of time and holding pressure such as doing finger pushups. Bone builds density according to the lines of stress you put it under. There’s usually herbal medicines rubbed on after the fact to help with the healing.
The other way is similar, but the end result is much nastier. It’s where you end up punching harder stuff faster and harder to literally break your knuckles. The resulting calcium chunks will turn your knuckles into bone “brass knuckles” but your hands will be ruined for doing much of anything else. This, thankfully, is something folks aren’t really doing anymore, but absolutely wouldn’t be good for a spear hand strike like she’s doing.
Breaking things as a practice is an interesting thing. In many cases, it’s showy and not as hard as folks think - the objects to be broken are braced on either end, so the force of the strike is not lost. Which is why it’s really useful for demonstrations. Many places sell specific types of boards or bricks to break because they break easier.
Now, where breaking becomes impressive, is in these cases:
1. The object isn’t braced - it gives such as being hung on a rope and more likely to swing rather than snap.
2. The object is cleanly broken. Some folks can “cut” bottles leaving a straight edge with their hands.
3. Objects are stacked and the person can target which object in the stack will break. They hit the top brick but they make the 4th brick down break.
All that said, what she’s doing is still pretty awesome, and she’s doing it at 50 and making it work! RESPECT.