I’m from Zhuhai, China, and I moved to the U.S when I was 8 years old and I’ve been here for 9 years. Ive felt like I needed to hide my background or not embrace my culture or language because its not commonly accepted for other cultures to outwardly express themselves in public. there are so many injustices in the world and most of them are subconscious, something we grow up accepting because we hear it or see it a lot.
“because you’re asian”
“you’re pretty for a asian girl”
“do you speak asian”
“my eyes look asian in this picture bc they’re squinted”
“you don’t act like you’re asian”
“is your favorite food rice”
“INSERT A JOKE ABOUT HOW CHINESE/ASIAN NAMES SOUND LIKE KITCHEN PANS CLINGING”
“all asian people look alike” (but no every blonde girl with blue eyes does not)
*pulling eyes to make them go upward*
Instead of making fun or degrading another culture because it’s different than yours, be aware and be respectful. I feel like all these other countries love America and the culture here, but we pay no attention to theirs and don’t really care about it. I know most of the time when I talk about China, people don’t listen or think its interesting and it discourages me to talk about it. And when someone says something negative about my race, I usually won’t argue.
So here’s to being able to talk about and express the Chinese culture (and no, not every country in Asia has the same culture, we may look alike but traditions and customs are extremely different so please do not categorize every person with asian features together.)