Here is a submission by Vannie Sung about common asian stereotypes.
We’ve heard stereotypes about Asians: Bollywood, Rice, Short, Study. No speak English. But what about the more specific ones?
Here are the newest ones I’ve heard so far:
Chinese: Eat dog. (We don’t just eat dog. In fact, I had rabbit stew and fried stingray the other day. These delicacies aren’t typically consumed; we’re just not very picky eaters.)
Buddhist. The most conservative Asian.
Indian: The most technological-savvy Asian of all. Curry.
Korean: The wealthiest Asian of all (I wonder if that’s why Korean barbeque restaurants are so expensive). Materialistic (tend to spend the most money on makeup, hair products, and clothes). Every sentence spoken ends in -ohhh.
Japanese: The most Westernized Asian of all, that bow the most. Language contains many k’s and z’s. Sushi.
Vietnamese: The shortest Asian of all.
Based on my observations, I can usually tell Asian people apart by appearance. If not, then by their last name. (For example, if it sounds Spanish- then there’s a 90% chance that individual must be Filipino). If not that, then by the sound of the native language spoken, or by the written appearance of characters.
We get offended when people tell us that “All Asians look alike”. Yet how do we differentiate if the only way is through categorization?
Thanks Vannie, hopefully we can break down some racial barriers with this week’s open topic!
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