Last night we were introduced to Keiko Arahida, (Yuko Takeuchi) the mystery woman from Bryce's flashforward. Simply put, I loved this story and I'm happy that we finally got to see their visions come full circle. I'm a sucker for love stories.
As for Keiko's character, I really like her. She's smart (studying mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and robotics) but I couldn't help but to see a hint of what's called the "model minority" stereotype. This stereotype is based on the idea that Asian Americans are the epitome of success that other minority groups should follow. As model minorities, Asians are seen as outsiders when it comes to whites but are viewed as superior in relation to blacks and other groups of color; this has been used as a mechanism to divide minority groups. As the exact opposite of the yellow peril image, model minorities are "well educated, come from close families and are law abiding," (US News and World Report). Who knows, maybe I'm reaching here.
It's apparent that her family's dreams were placed Keiko's shoulders. According to her mother, Keiko's education and new career would ensure that she would never have to work in the family restaurant. After getting the job, she realizes that she's unhappy and wants something more in life (Bryce, rock and roll, tattoos, sushi) and ultimately quits after she is asked to serve tea to a group of colleagues all because she was the only woman in the department. I admire her independence and her decision to chase down her "American Dream" as she ventures to Los Angeles and I hope she becomes the next Bob Dylan and finally meets Bryce. She's far from the stereotypical images I talked about in my last post.
Maybe it's cliché but I liked the authenticity of having to read subtitles when people are speaking their native language(s) in television shows and movies. I'm glad the producers chose to incorporate that in to the show.