Asian-pride

Take, for example, the stereotype that Chinese kids are good at math. Does that mean if I’m a Chinese student that I should purposely fail all of my math tests because I want to fight against that stereotype? Of course not. You want to be yourself. And that applies to characters on TV shows too. Defying stereotype for the sake of bucking against stereotype and not for the sake of the story … well, that is just another form of cowering to the haters. We didn’t get into this to please the haters. We got into this to tell our stories because they matter and because honestly, these fucking haters probably made us feel shame for these same stories when we were younger, but now we are older and have a firmer stance on this earth and in our own voices.
—  Constance Wu interview on Lenny

Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)

Although  I am not a Singapore national, many of my friends and family are and I  have visited the country many times.

As an overseas Chinese born to Chinese-Indonesian parents in  Europe, the question of my cultural and ethnic identity has always been a poignant issue. Lee Kuan Yew’s  influence in this respect has spread far beyond the borders of Singapore and even Asia, because he showed us what we as Asians are worth and what we are capable of. That we need not bow our heads in shame but rather to be proud of our past, present, and that we should work towards an even brighter future.

He has been a true inspiration to me as a major figure in the Renaissance of Asian self-awareness.  For that I am very thankful to this true Asian tiger. May he rest in peace.

Things about asians everyone should know. (Especially the ignorant people out there)

1. We do not comprehend the words “ching chong”.
2. WHAT THE HELL does “ching chong” even mean?!
3. For the last time, not all asians eat dogs! Its a native custom and hardly happens anymore, so quit asking if we eat dogs. 
4. Just cause you see an Asian person it doesn’t mean they’re Chinese, they could be Filipino ,Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian etc.
5. Asian girls with long black hair HATE being called The Grudge or the girl from The Ring. Same goes for Asian guys and being called Grudge boy.
6. Dynasty Express, Kung Fu kitchen and China King are not considered “real” Chinese food.
7. Don’t ask us to speak our language, we will WHEN WE FEEL LIKE IT.
8. We don’t know how to translate your name so stop asking cause most likely we can’t.
8.1 Dont offer to spell out your name so we can write it in our language
9. Don’t ask us to teach you curse words either.
10. Stop trying to pair up Asian guys and girls at your school and say they look cute together. Not all Asians belong together.
11. All Asian countries speak different languages.
12. Just because we’re Asian it doesn’t mean that we know karate, kung fu, tae kwon do etc. Even though we are probably capable of kicking your ass anyway.
13. Don’t say all Asian people look the same, that’s like saying all white people look the same, all African Americans look the same and all Hispanics look the same. When will you realize your stupidity?
14. Surprise! Not all Asians are good at maths.
15. Not all Asians are short.
16. Or skinny.
17. What do you people stare at? Haven’t you seen an Asian person before?
18. Just to let you know, it’s NOT funny when you tape your eyes up and start speaking gibberish. That just gives us another reason to kick your ass.
19. Go ahead, make fun of us. We’ll just make fun of you in our own language
20. No…neither Yao Ming nor Jacky Chang is not my uncle.
21. Chopsticks are the perfect utensil and the easiest to wash.
22. White rice is the perfect side dish.
23. Soy Sauce tastes great on almost everything.
24. People from India are Asians too.
25. People from the Middle East are just as Asian as people from the southeast!!
26. Asia is not a country!
27. Chinese is not a race! Being Chinese is part of being asian (which also includes Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese etc.) Don’t you people ever learn?!
28. Don’t try imitate us after we talk, it’s highly irritating and makes you look like a complete idiot.
29. The same goes for when you speak gibberish and then ask us what it means. 
30. Quit pointing at us and muttering ‘China’ when you see us. Because we WILL hear you and BEAT the hell outta you.

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Happy Asian Invasion Day bishes. 

I’m Filipino and proud af and here’s my story: I moved to the UK from a young age, and at the time of my arrival, the Filipino community at the time, from what I can remember, was tiny compared to now (I didn’t know any Filipino kids of my age). So I felt completely alone and I did enter this phase where I guess it felt weird to be so different. I mean, at my 2nd school, all the children were white except for me and my friend who I’m still friends with now, and her family is from Sudan, and looking back from now, that really did screw up with how I saw myself. This just goes to show how important representation and diversity is in our everyday lives, given the fact that the world we live in is constantly changing and evolving in the way it is today. 

But moving on to now, and it’s so different and I did change, and I did get out of that self-loathing phase, and I love, accept, and celebrate the heritage I was born with, and along with parts of the culture I absorbed growing up here. I see myself as an amalgamation of both cultures and I don’t really care if people think otherwise because I’m happy with what I’ve achieved and with how I’ve represented the cultures that I will always be proud to be a part of. I hope I can become the person that my younger self needed to learn from and aspire to be to avoid the poisonous self hatred. 

Being proud of your race is not a problem. However, racial supremacy is.

Black, white, Asian, Hispanic, it doesn’t matter. Racism is racism, it’s wrong regardless.
No race is better than the other. Taking pride in your background and culture is beautiful.
Putting other races down and belittling them is shameful.
I am proud but I will not be an extremist, and hurt others because of disgusting pride.

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