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Thought of the Day

I don’t care if you dislike me because I don’t fit your perception of what an Asian person is SUPPOSED to be like. I’m living my life how I am with no apologies. Accept me as an individual AND as an Asian person.

I’m not trying to “act white” or “act black” I’m Asian and have always been and always will be. American society is more than these two races despite selective histories public schools teach (although I think the public schools I have attended don’t do Black narratives or history justice).

I was taught to see myself through the lens of a White person or identify with the struggles of a Black person (which I cannot do because I am not Black) BECAUSE Nobody told me what it meant to be Asian. The history I learned was always written by some White scholar, taught by White teachers and never noted the first person narrative of an Asian person.

I didn’t learn about discrimination to Asians second-hand; I learned it through having undergone painful firsthand experiences, coupled with my gender, immigrant status (albeit from a Postcolonial Pacific oceanic country), emotional disorders, and queer identity (all of which very much intersect).

So take me for who I am. If my personality offends you, fine. If my race offends you, that’s never okay. If both offend you first ask yourself why.

What is an Asian supposed to be like, anyway? docile, harmonious, quiet, peaceful, good at math/science??! Perhaps sometimes for some people (yes I acknowledge this, however probably not all at once) but you wouldn’t think someone who is White who had a certain alignment of traits meant that the traits were true for ALL White people. Not ALL White people are racists.

*It’s not always the White people who struggle with racial ignorance by the way. People of Color struggle with internalized racism and may treat POC the same way they’ve been taught to devalue POC despite being POC themselves. Which is warped, which makes Racism itself even more warped.

That’s all. Thanks for reading.

*Made with spotty grammar but no excuses.


Lorde and Asian boyfriend racist backlash

Lorde and Asian boyfriend racist backlash

First of all, it’s kind of late but I finally discovered Lorde is Kiwi. Before you get all smug at me, I only recently started to listen to Lorde, and I happen to reside in the U.S. and have done so for a good ten years. Onto the commentary.

Even in the 21st century, multicultural couples still attract questions and are targets of racists and White supremacists along with multiracial people. This is not surprising, given that racism itself still persists.Until individuals stop discriminating against others because of the color of their skin, different ethnic practices or devaluing somebody else’s culture due to ignorance or intolerance, racism will continue to persist. I highly recommend Martin Luther King Jr.’s book Why we Can’t Wait, which not only addresses the beginnings of the nonviolent civil rights movement, evils of segregation and inequality, but can be applied to injustices in today’s society, color-blindness, unequal representation and pay of people of color in the workplace, government, media (think of the ratio of people of color to Whites in shows like Modern Family, Sex in the City)…just look around, be aware.

As a Chinese third-culture-kid, unfortunately I’ve experienced racist acts and witnessed them in two of the countries I have lived in, New Zealand and the U.S. I’ll talk about my personal experiences with racism in future posts; let me stick to historical events for now.

Here’s a non-comprehensive list of historically racist attitudes of the US towards Asians: Immigration quotas towards Chinese-Americans in 1875, Chinese exclusion act, Angel Island immigration policies, Japanese internment camps, Vincent Chin’s death by two White men in Detroit, Michigan who thought he was part of a rival Japanese auto firm and assumed he was Japanese though he was Chinese in 1982. Here’s an insightful article about it: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/23/opinion/why-vincent-chin-matters.html?_r=0  Forgive me for events I did not list, I’m sure there are many more.

What does this have to do with Lorde? Well, she is currently dating an Asian man and has received racist backlash from celebrities like Justin Bieber, fans of One Direction, but more importantly her fans, the masses which supposedly reflect common people (not saying that all her fans are racist, just the ones that have left racist comments about her boyfriend and are hating on their relationship). I hope Lorde takes the initiative to publicly speak out against discrimination of Asians and the haters. Add racist attitudes towards multicultural relationships. Please tell me if she does, as I don’t have a Twitter and don’t follow her on Facebook, Tumblr…yet. 

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