Asian French Maid?
What is an Asian French Maid anyway? In About Angry Asian French Maid Avatar Strike I tried to express both the levity and the gravitas of our march coming up on 25 October ’14 in Paris. Today I’d like to offer a little insight into the conundrum-sounding Asian French Maid.
We like to think that the French Maid was a physical being before she was an idea, but as “College Girl” suggests in this video, perhaps she was an idea before she was an actual physical being.
A dream made physical
Whatever the case with the French Maid, the Asian Maid was definitely an idea or a virtual vision before she was made flesh. She comes (via the French Maid, of course) from Anime & Manga culture in Japan. And now in the Maid Cafes she’s a virtual vision, physically embodied. She follows in the maid tradition, but she’s different from her “French” counterpart.
The French Maid is Eve. It is our presumption of her carnal knowledge that intrigues us.
The Asian Maid may be born of the French Maid’s rib, but she is her own being. The Asian Maid is Peter Pan. Her refusal to be mired in the stress and obligation of the adult world, her childlike innocence and play, is what brings us joy.
The French Maid is Eve; The Kawaii Maid is Peter Pan. Photo: “Laughing Crazily” by Stella Slay.
About 15 years ago the 1st Maid Cafe opened in Akihabara, Tokyo. Today there are over 200 Maid Cafe’s in Tokyo as well as others around the globe. As Newsweek proclaimed in 2007, Akihabara culture is overtaking the world!
- Best Tokyo Maid Cafes by Patrick W. Galbraith
- At Your Service: The ‘entertainment dining’ phenomenon shows no signs of letting up by Patrick W. Galbraith
- Maid in Japan: An Ethnographic Account of Alternative Intimacy by Patrick W. Galbraith
Maid Cafe Websites
(Google Translate may be helpful)
- Home Cafe
- Cos-cha Cafe & Kitchen
- Cure Maid Cafe
- Akihabara Culture Cafe
- Cafe Bar Nagomi
- Sweet Cupcake – UK
- Kawaii Cafe – Paris
- Maid Cafe New York – NYC
Saturday 25 October ’14. 10am San Francisco / 7pm Paris
- Activity No.10 Angry Asian French Maid Avatar Strike – Home Page
- Activity Details – Previz #85
- Virtual Public Art.com – About our March