What's up with the reggaetón videos tipping at Chinese/East Asian images of late? Is it a reaction to the burgeoning China-Latin America economic connection?
This aside from reggaetón's Bollywood influence, which in the case of Tito El Bambino, can be traced directly to Luney's sister Inés Saldaña, a Dominican deeply immersed in South Asian culture.
Arcángel's video "Pa Que La Pases Bien" features the image of a plane traveling from China to Colombia to Russia to PR. His partner is, from some angles, Asian-looking. And then there's dancers dressed in, um, coolie costumes. (Granted, there's also some stereotypical jíbaro and cossack figures, but still).
One of the earlier chinoiseries in popular Latin music is Tito Puente's "Hong Kong Mambo" and this El Gran Combo jala-jala song "Ojitos chinos."
And then there's the commercial popularity of salsa, merengue, bachata and now reggaetón in Japan, the Philippines, etc. Of course, the grand prize is Chinese audiences and a piece of the new Chinese prosperity.
Calle 13's song "Japón" used stereotypes of Asians (including pronunciation, Orientalist images and a repeating guitar line) to poke fun at Latinos' unwillingness to distinguish between different nationalities and the growing importance of Asia as a market.
And then there's this wildly offensive video (though the beat works) of "Bachata China con Flow" by El emperador de la bachata y los dragones de Boca Chica, a novelty song which nods to an increased Chinese migration into the DR (the DR has a long-standing Chinese immigrant population, since the 1940s, but it has increased greatly in the last few years, as the DR has become a popular jumping-off point for undocumented migration into the U.S. and has become a good investment opportunity on its own).