Sunday, July 10, 2016

Asian stereotypes

Whenever there is something on TV in regards to race relations and racism, it is usually a white on black.  But there are problems in all directions, it is not just of Afro-Caribbean decent who get problems, but Asians and even white people are the recipients of racism or race-related ignorance.  For too long Asians have been quiet and passive about race issues.  We Asians are just too nice about things and even when we're not, we just sweep it under the rug and get on with life.  That's us Asians, but when living out in the West, we should be a bit more open and assertive when the need arises.  I'm not saying we should play the race card, but at the end of the day, taking on the chin will not win respect in the West.

In Europe, we Asians are too passive.  We could be very successful and be at the top of whatever we do, but we don't have a voice.  We are very much an ethnic minority who are visible, but quiet.  In America, Asians are a bit more vocal and increasingly savvy at getting their point across.  Star Trek legend, George Takei is speaks for Asians and gender equality.  We have problems in cinema, where Asian women are seen as sex symbols and Asian guys are restricted to geeky roles.  There is clearly some room for change as how Asians are portrayed on TV and cinema affects how Asians are perceived in real life.

This article pretty much sums up what we Asians have to put up with.  The amount of times I get asked if I'm Chinese, Japanese etc, do I own a restaurant, can I speak some Chinese, do I eat cats and dogs.  It gets pretty tiring.  It gets very tiring, but if I started asking similar questions to white people, I sure people will get pretty annoyed.  Ok so stop asking stupid questions.

Here are a few videos that illustrates this scenario perfectly.



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