the finished version of disappointing_your_abuela.jpeg, based off my favorite headcanon of Lance deciding to teach Keith a little Spanish, and suffering when Keith picks it up annoyingly well and looks up how to say some steamier things ;3c
(note that my Spanish is absolutely atrocious and if I screwed up feel free to send me a message and I’ll fix it.)
“*giggling* Your teeth” “omg” “*giggle snort* I keep hitting your teeth” “marinETTE” “*scream-laughing* I’M SORRY” “I’m getting braces” “no no no pls chaton I love your teeth hahahaha*snort*”
Adrien whispering things in Marinette’s ear at school and she’s giggling harder and harder (mostly because it tickles) and the rest of the class just looks exhausted
Adrien attempting to teach Marinette Chinese again and trying (and failing) not to laugh at her but she’s so hopeless and she keeps whining and swatting his arm
*bangs pots and pans together* BIG SPOON MARINETTE
Dates at the Agreste mansion. Gabriel is actually present for the meals and Marinette CANNOT act natural, God help her
Adrien casually leeeeeaning on Marinette when he wants to look at what she’s doing
Adrien shoving his entire head under Marinette’s hand because he wants her to play with his hair (he falls asleep after a few minutes)
Marinette making funny faces at Adrien during photo shoots so he’ll laugh more naturally
Mama and Papa Cheng open the trap door just a bit to see how the bebs are doing with their studies, and their desk chairs are pushed up right next to each other’s!!! and they do that cute tag-team swoon (Marinette hears them and screeches at them to go away)
Walking to school together. Holding hands. Doing that arm swing thing but like ridiculous high until they’re trying to windmill it and turning themselves around and Alya and Nino are like “wat r u doing”
Marinette carrying Adrien piggyback and running around the school and they’re both laughing and enjoying themselves and Alya and Nino are like “seriously wat r u doing”
Sneaking out of class to transform during akuma attacks together. But like exaggerated synchronized sneaking with the huge steps and everything
Rubbing each other’s temples when they have headaches
Putting ridiculous clothes on the Ladybug and Chat Noir statue in the park every April Fools Day
Marinette trying Adrien’s rock climbing wall. “You keep going, I’ll keep admiring the view,” says Adrien from down below, causing Marinette to fall.
I try to use as little Chinese in class as possible because I’m supposed to teach them English…but at the same time, I also teach 33 ten year olds at a time without an aid…sooo Mandarin has to happen for terror not to reign and here are my most frequently used phrases:
你没事吗？”are you ok?“ sometimes you can’t really comprehend a sad little student’s mumbled Chinese recounting of how Johnny stole their pencil and why it’s so utterly heartbreaking to them, but sometimes just asking if they’re ok makes them ok
你要去护士吗？“do you need to go to the nurse?” because some students skip crying and go straight for bloody revenge against Johnny the pencil thief
等他/她回来 “wait for him/her to come back” for when twelve kids ask to go to the bathroom at the same time…or “一个一个去“ "go one at a time”
耐心 “patience” for any time you are trying to hand something out and almost get trampled under the weight of all of the reaching hands…for every kid who says they don’t want to do a worksheet, there is a kid on the other side of the room demanding to know why you didn’t hand him one first
别理他/她 "ignore him/her" I don’t have a Chinese teacher in the room with me, I don’t hit, I’m not a scary looking person and I don’t have the authority to dock points or change their grades, so the most effective way for me to waste as little time as possible and teach to as many kids as possible is to ignore the ones who are goofing off. If a kid tattles I have a choice: either admit that I have no real authority or say this to them.
抄写 “copy” it does not matter that every single student knows the English word or even that you literally wrote this word in both English and Chinese on their paper next to the word you want copied, you will always get at least one student asking “抄写?“
都可以 "both are ok” or 你也可以说 “you can say that too” I use these all the time because sometimes the students already learned the word “gift” and I didn’t know that and try to teach them the word “present” and they either have a meltdown or tell me “teacher…you’re wrong”
In that same vein “在美国我们说。。。在英国他们说。。。” “In America we say…in England they say…” because our students are taught mostly British-style English and although I have given in to saying “sweets” instead of “candy”, “rubber” and “trousers” just do not come out of my mouth naturally when I want to say “eraser” or “pants”
安静 They all know how to say “be quiet” in English so you’re not doing them any English favors by saying it in English, you’re just causing yourself more strife because the ones who are being loud are absolutely not going to be listening for English words. They probably turned their English off the second their English class with their Chinese teacher was over.
Also…坐好 “sit down”….because while you can continue to successfully teach the rest of your class while ignoring the kid who is drawing six more weapons for his beast fighter, you and your kids will not be able to keep doing learning things while 6 students are running back and forth and jumping over chairs and whatnot
美国，法国，韩国，泰国，俄罗斯，德国，加拿大…“America, France, Korea, Tailand, Russia, Germany, Canada etc” A lot of the kids know some names of countries and a lot of the Chinese words for countries are transliterations that sound so close to the English that they still understand you even if they have never studied the English before….BUT, when you’re little it’s hard enough remembering all the names of places in your own language so I end up having to say the Chinese first for a lot of countries/nationalities in class a lot of times
ALL OF THE FOOD. My students love to talk about food and use food (and for some reason Obama) in example sentences constantly
It’s week two of the second semester and I’m pretty sure I’ve used all of these at least once this week…but I also have said and have been told one last phrase: 我好想你啦! ”I missed you!“
Raised in Paris, Wrote in China, Died in the USA: the life of a lady-in-waiting
Princess Der Ling had an interesting life. She received a western education and studied dance in Paris with Isadora Duncan before serving as the first lady-in-waiting to the Empress Dowager Cixi. Besides the usual lady-in-waiting duties, Der Ling also translated for Cixi when she had foreign visitors because she spoke English as well as French.
Der Ling published a memoir about her time in the Forbidden City, after the 1911 Revolution overthrew the Qing. She continued writing through the tumult of the 1920s and 1930s. In total, Der Ling published seven books before she moved to Berkley, California in 1942 to teach Chinese at the University of California there. Der Ling died after being hit by a grocery delivery truck at the intersection of Bancroft and Telegraph.
Hello, you may be wondering why I have the text “If you’re not East Asian and call youself a weeaboo, don’t follow me” in my side bar. Here are a few quick disclaimers:
I am well aware that many people do it, especially in anime-related and related fandoms.
If you have ever called yourself a weeaboo at some point in time that does not mean that you can never follow me or that I will never follow you. I follow people now who do it or have done it in the past, which is part of why this page exists.
I am Chinese, not Japanese. I cannot specifically speak about the pain that this causes me from a Japanese standpoint, but because many East Asian experiences with racism overlap, I am still affected by this.
Origins of the Word
The word weeaboo comes from a webcomic. It is literally a nonsense word. The word became popularized when people on 4chan were getting upset about being called “wapanese” (wannabe Japanese). The mods put in an auto-censor so the “weeaboo” would appear rather than “wapanese.”
Why Do People Call Themselves Weeaboos?
I have several explanations/theories.
People use this to refer to their past selves when they come to realize that what they were doing was racist and harmful. This usage is okay as long as you realize that you may mess up in the future and are willing to correct that too!
East Asian people use this word to joke about their experiences and joke about weeaboos. This is an okay usage as long as they are doing this for catharsis! If there are other issues about East Asian people doing this, it’s an inter-community discussion.
People do not understand the origins of this word and mistakenly believe it means that they are into anime/manga rather than being connected to a fetishist viewpoint of Japan.
People do not understand that anti-racists use this word to call out fetishists.
What is a Weeaboo?
A weeaboo is somebody who fetishizes Japanese culture, but it may not be limited to that. A weeaboo also may conflate multiple groups of Asian people, randomly start speaking Japanese at anyone that might look Japanese, put down non-Japanese Asian people for being the “wrong type of Asian,” and even promote imperialism because of their inaccurate viewpoint of Japan!
Why Non-East Asian People Should Not Call Themselves Weeaboos
Weeaboo is a term that Japanese people and other East Asians use to describe those who do them harm due to fetishized viewpoints.
It is a term that people use in solidarity with Japanese/East Asian people to recognize this specific harmful behavior. When you are against fetishization/racism/oppression, and you claim to be this word, you are stripping it of the meaning that we assign to classify people who are harmful to us.
To be clear, you are not specifically appropriating Japanese by doing this, but you are undermining East Asian people who try to steer clear of harm. I have experienced a lot of cognitive dissonance about what I will encounter since creating this blog.
What Is Really Wrong with Being a Weeaboo?
The amount of harm done varies, so I will speak from my own lived experience.
I live in a 99% white area, but in a place with a lot of weeaboos. People will get unfriendly fast where I live and have grown up; if you are not their complacent Asian fantasy when you are around them.
When my school had a Chinese teacher teach Mandarin, the children bullied her so ruthlessly that she quit halfway through the year. Some of the white kids were angry that the district did not bring in Japanese and showed it (though I doubt a Japanese teacher would have been treated any better). This environment was very alienating and made it hard for nonwhite (especially East Asian students) to speak up to all the white kids.
Weeaboos’ fetishized viewpoints of Japan can be very misogynistic specifically and build up a fantasy idea of what Asian women are like, “submissive, docile, etc.” and cause them to sexualize people on basis of being Asian. This has caused a great deal of harm to my education personally for speaking out against injustice because I am expected to be docile, and I have developed retroactive ways of coping with attention I do not want pulled to my ethnicity.
Weeaboos can influence people into thinking they are the “wrong kind of Asian” with a strange policing of someone’s Asianness that centers on whether or not they are Japanese.
Weeaboos will thoughtlessly call people inappropriate and alienating things for wearing their traditional clothing because it is vaguely Asian and start fawning over it because they think it’s Just So Cool That You’re Asian. This may or may not wear off if you are a different type of Asian than Japanese. Either way it can be humiliating or uncomfortable.
Weeaboos don’t understand how painful it is to be ostracized for not blending enough and trying to connect to your cultural roots and will act like it is the same thing when Japanese people speak up about appropriation.
Weeaboos have also defended Japanese imperialism and neofascism, nationalism etc. without any idea of the context and get upset when people who have heritage connected to the countries hurt by this call them out.
If you read this list and thought that you would never do any of that, maybe it is time to stop calling yourself a weeaboo and evaluate your behavior. I am not insinuating that you are doing these things by listing them. I am saying that these are some of the things weeaboos do. Even if they are being less violently harmful than harrassing, they still buy into and perpetuate a larger culture of fetishization. These are the type of people that I, and other East Asians who speak about racism talk about when we refer to weeaboos.
If you are in anime/manga or related fandoms and this is the first you have heard weeaboo used in a negative manner regarding fetishism, I strongly suggest that you do some reading. If you want referrals, I am happy to provide them. Just ask me privately because I am not comfortable setting racist anons on blogs that already deal with enough vitriol.
hi!! i’ve been wanting a penpal ever since i was a kid, but never really knew how to get one or was too shy to contact anyone, so here’s a very late attempt i guess!
i’m currently taking a bachelor’s degree in mandarin chinese and i just finished my second year! i love learning languages with all my heart and in addition to mandarin i’m also learning korean and some french on the side, so if you’re studying languages as well that would be awesome!! i’m also willing to teach or help with norwegian~ i enjoy learning about different cultures and i would love to share my own with you too!
i love music - i listen to a wide range of music but the largest portion of it is kpop, mostly because i’ve been listening to it for almost 8 years now and it’s just what i know best tbh. i’m much more of a casual fan now compared to a few years back tho-, traveling -one of my favorite things in the entire world, i’ve been to many different cities and countries but there’s still an endless number of places i want to visit- , long conversations with people - even tho i’m a huge introvert i still love staying up late and having conversations with people, learning to know them. i’m always so fascinated with how much there is to learn from others and getting to know their story, i just really enjoy getting to know people i guess!
i would love to do snail mail if there’s anyone interested in that just because i love getting things in my mailbox and i feel it’s a lot more personal that way? reading the persons handwriting, being able to make it look cute or add small things like a picture or a coin? i just really like the thought of that! but i’m also interested in talking to people through tumblr, email or any other ways of messaging if you’re not up for snail mail!
Preferences: 20+ ish? open-minded and wanting to have long conversations about life and stuff
Also you know those people who go “Oh, we shouldn’t be spending money on teaching Gaelic, we should be teaching Chinese instead! Gaelic might be of some use in the Hebrides but it’s not going to help you in the world of global business!”
I just want to ask them what they honestly think the chances are that the average Scottish child will find themselves negotiating a deal with Chinese businessmen in the future.
And then compare that to the chances they might visit somewhere in Scotland with a Gaelic speaking population.
When he first saw you and introduced himself to you
But then immediately gets shy and baby like
Kun knows about his crush on you and tries to get him to
talk to you via facetime
When Sicheng realizes that they’re facetiming you “H-Hi” (shy baby mode on)
How he gets before asking you out on date
But feels like it’s now or never and just asks you, but his words come out very mechanical (bc he’s crazy nervous) “Go.On.Date.With.Me.”
You blink at a him a few times before asking “Did you just ask me out on a date?”
When you say yes to going on a date with him
How he is before your date even starts
How he is during the date
But then he warms up and tries doing something daring
“Did you just try holding my hand?” “N-no????”
But then you just hold his hand instead
And that’s how your relationship started, basically.
The members like to tease him “How does this selca look?”
Jaehyun snatches Sicheng’s phone, “Great. Let’s just send this to (Y/N).”
Jaehyun hits send, despite Sicheng’s protest
But then you text him back almost instantaneously, “Sicheng, you look so cute!”
“Do I not get a ‘thank you’?” Jaehyun would ask. “Thanks.” He is still bitter but help can’t but feel giddy
Teaching him Korean and giving him homework. “Did you do your homework?”
“Sicheng?” “Gotta blast!”
Adopting Renjun as your son (bc Sicheng and Renjun together is just so precious)
Him trying to teach you Chinese “Open your mouth like this.”
The next day, you try saying what he taught you but butcher it
stretches together, well try to, “Come on, wake up jagi!”
Taking naps together
Sometimes being the only one that understands his broken Korean gibberish “My jagi understands me.”
Gets jealous when the other members get too close to you
Trying to get your attention “Jagi look at me only!”
Warning, you will get jealous of Yuta and will need to fight him sometimes for Sicheng.
(can you tell I’m a YuWin shipper??)
When Donghyuck learns that Sicheng hasn’t kissed you. “Here, hyung, I’ll teach you how it’s down.”
So the next time he sees you, he asks if he can kiss you
But then he gets shy and you kiss his cheek instead (he’s just a smol baby)
Once you two get more comfortable with each other, he gives you this look (what am I doing?? he is just a smol precious baby)
Randomly dancing together
When you ask him to teach you traditional Chinese dancing
“Sicheng! do you really expect me to be able to do that?” “Okay, this might be easier.”
His laugh when you actually follow along
When he tries to help you cook dinner
But instead of helping, he just start dancing around. (at least it kept you entertained)
But you’re okay with it because you just love seeing him eat and be happy
One day he bring you a cake and claimed to have made it himself “Jagi, I made you a cake.”
“Don’t you mean Jaehyun made me a cake?” You joke but it ended up hurting his feelings
You hate seeing him upset so you tell him a little lie, just to bring up his mood “I was just joking, Sicheng. Jaehyun can’t make a cake that is this pretty.” Gets smug af
When he misses you while on tour “Jagi, I miss you!”
Loves to show you off to his members “Yeah, I’M, Sicheng, is dating (Y/N).”
When you praise another member and not him “Taeyong, you’re dance was so cool.” “Yes, hyung…. cool” (salty mode activated)
Always beating him in head tennis
Playing around before bed time
Ending the night with pillow talk
Be ready to fight everyone, because everyone finds him cute and you need to show everyone that he is yours only
Little random adventures
Saying ‘I love you’ for the first time and sincerely meaning it
Dong Sicheng would be such a great boyfriend and he will love you always. Although he can be kind of childish sometimes, he’s still young and still has time to learn and grow. Be patient with him and make sure to give him a lot of love as well. Please keep him warm, fed, happy, and loved.
chensung is actually one of the cutest ships to ever exist sorry i dont make the rules ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
the ‘first love’ relationship dynamic
it’s like puppy love except it’s amplified by a billion
the relationship where they think theyll be together forever because they genuinely have not loved anyone more than they love each other
they’d honestly and truly put their life on the line for each other
theyre so naive and they dont know a lot but they do know that they love each other more than anything
they just click so naturally and can just roam the world for days on end without getting tired of each other
chenle luVS HUGS
WILL FALL INTO JISUNG’S ARMS ANYTIME ANYDAY
“hey chen what do we have for homewoRK- aaaand ur in my arms and we are hugging”
THE PLAYFUL RELATIONSHIP
probably tasers each other for fun
if you dont know what i mean by taser i just mean jabbing each other on the side like theyre being ‘shocked’ idek i just realized people might not know what thAT MEANT
like have you seen them resting their hands on each other’s thighs
chenle probably does that out of instinct now
he’s just so used to it and he wont get any reaction from jisung unless he squeezes his thighs
*aggressive thigh squeezing war*
that sounds bad
sleEPOVERS IN THE LIVING ROOM
CONFIRMED, SORRY I DONT MAKE THE RULES
they dont cuddle bc theyre still young and awkward
ok jisung’s still young and awkward
chenle hugs onto jisung like a koala bear
he swings his leg over jisung and wraps his arms around him and just buries his face in his neck and aHH BOYFRIENDS
COMPLIMENTS EACH OTHER UNTIL EVERYONE TELLS THEM TO SHUT THE FUCK UP
HONESTLY AND TRULY, THE TYPE OF COUPLE TO GO “u hang up” “no u hang up!!” “no U hang up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
supportive bfs who cheer each other on like their life depend on it
i feel like when they hug, chenle pretends to be a smol bit shorter so his head is like right by jisung’s chest and jisung can just hold him like that and ruffle his hair and it gives him easier access to kiss chen’s head oh my gosh
they give each other The Look™️️ that makes the other burst into laughter
jisung lives for chenle’s cute giggles and his OHMAIGADs
THEIR !!!!!!!! HAND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DIFFERENCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sometimes in the middle of the night when they have their living room sleepovers, jisung will take chenle’s hand and just hold them together to see the difference
and chenle probably laughs and tells him to fuck off but jisung always laces their hands together and peppers kisses all over chenle’s face
“im the hyung in this relationship” “shut the fuck up jisung before i smack that ugly ass smirk off your face” “>:((((((((((((((((((((((((“
chensung are like markhyuck in the ‘ur my best friend for life and im dating u’ relationship but chensung’s so much softer
markhyuck are like blazing stars in the middle of the night, spontaneous and unpredictable but chensung are soft and slow like the early mornings when everything’s still hazy and mangled
they probably havent had their first real kiss yet
like sure jisung kisses chenle’s forehead and chenle kisses jisung’s cheek and all that cute shit but theyre probably too afraid to kiss each other on the lips
that or chenle’s waiting for jisung to pull the first move
“angery reacts only >:((((” “shut the FUCK up jisung omg”
chenle calls jisung baobei and refuses to tell jisung why so he ends up asking renjun and turns bright red every time chenle calls him that
chenle !!! teaching !!!! jisung chinese !!!!!!!!
their selfie game is 2 strong and it scares the other members
hugs to make up for everything
at least that’s how chenle apologiZES
jisung’s the type to stare at chenle dreamily like he’s in some kdrama and he’s the soft cute lead
and everybody knows when he’s just completely out of it
his eyes just melt into this soft brown and this smolsmolsmol smile just sticks to his face
and every time chenle catches him in the act, jisung just laughs and so does chenle and they just find their way to each other
ok jisung probably makes chenle play video games with him and gets mad when chenle kicks his ass
“I THOUGHT YOUVE NEVER PLAYED THIS GAME BEFORE” “i havent!!!”
Confucianism is a complex school of thought, sometimes also referred to as a religion, revolving around the principles of the Chinese philosopher Kong Zi (westernized: Confucius). It was developed in the Spring and Autumn Period during the Zhou Dynasty. Main concepts of this philosophy include Ru (humaneness), righteousness, propriety/etiquette, loyalty, and filial piety, along with a strict adherence to social roles. This is illustrated through the five main relationships Confucius interpreted to be the core of society: ruler-subject, father-son, husband-wife, elder brother-younger brother, and friend-friend. In these bonds, the latter must pay respect to and serve the former, while the former is bound to care for the latter.
The following quotation is from the Analects, a compilation of Confucius’ sayings and teachings, written after his death by his disciples. “The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease.” ― Confucius, The Analects of Confucius
This quotation exemplifies Confucius’ idea of the junzi (Chinese: 君子) or gentleman. Originally this expression referred to “the son of a ruler”, but Confucius redefined this concept to mean behavior (in terms of ethics and values such as loyalty and righteousness) instead of mere social status.
Taoism, or Daoism, is a philosophy centered on the belief that life is normally happy, but should be lived with balance and virtue. Its origin can be traced back to the late 4th century B.C and the main thinkers representative of this teaching are Laozi and Zhuangzi. Key components of Daoism are Dao (the Way) and immortality, along with a stress on balance found throughout nature. There is less emphasis on extremes and instead focuses on the interdependence between things. For example, the yin/yang symbol does not exemplify good or evil. It shows that there are two sides to everything -“Within the Yang there exists the Yin and vice versa.”
The basis of Taoist philosophy is the idea of “wu wei”, often translated as “not doing”. But, in practice, it refers to an in-between state of “not doing” and “being, but not acting”. This concept also overlaps with an idea in Confucianism as Confucius similarly believed that a perfect sage could rule without taking action. Two other assumptions in the Taoist system are 1) any extreme action can initiate a counteraction of equal extremity and 2) excessive government can become tyrannical and unjust, even government created with good intentions.
The following is a quote from the Dao De Jing, one of the main texts in Daoist teachings. “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing)
Buddhism is a religion that is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. The main principles of this belief system are karma, reincarnation, and impermanence. Buddhists believe that life is full of suffering, but that suffering can be overcome by attaining enlightenment. Nirvana (a state of perfect happiness) can be obtained by breaking away from (material) attachments and purifying the mind. However, different doctrines vary on the practices and paths followed in order to do so. Meditation serves as a significant part in practicing Buddhism. This calming and working of the mind helps Buddhists strive to become more peaceful and positive, while developing wisdom through solving everyday problems. The negative mental states that are sought to be overcome are called “delusions”, while the positive mental states are called “virtuous minds”.Another concept prominent in the Buddhist belief system is the Eight-Fold Path. The Eight-Fold Path is the fourth of the Four Noble Truths, which is said to be the first of all Buddha’s teachings.It stresses areas in life that can be explored and practice, such as right speech and right intention.