I was talking to my best friend the other day about being mixed race. Her being half Puerto Rican and me being half Filipino. And the conversation steered toward being bilingual, and I said, “People don’t really seem to take you seriously as being mixed unless you speak both languages.”
And my friend, who’s one of the most nervous people I know also said something incredibly ballsy.
“I don’t care what people think, me not being able to speak Spanish isn’t going to make me any less Puerto Rican.”
And I just thought,
“You know what? Hell yeah.”
I might be acting overdramatic, but as someone who’s half white, half asian, I’m always nervous to say that. I don’t really feel “asian.” My mom never taught me or my brother Tagalog. I was born and raised in America with generally white culture. But you know what? There’s still traces of Filipino culture in this house. We’re all wearing flip flops indoors. There’s a ceramic image of the Last Supper on the dining room wall, next to the giant wooden decorative spoons and forks. I get excited whenever mom’s cooking pork adobo or biko. There’s that weird “Weapons of Moroland” badge that’s hanging on the wall that I’ve never understood.
The point is, I’m saying this to anyone that’s mixed too: You don’t have to know every bit of knowledge about both cultures of your parents. You’re more than one race, and whatever language you speak or whatever traditions you practice in your house will never change that.
Imagine Yosuke and Yu are making out in Yu’s room and things are starting to get hotter one of them gets on top of the other and they get touchy and then Nanako opens the door and says “…are you fighting?”
Right I'm all for people starting to watch Shadowhunters,
but if you’re just doing it for malec, and you literally dislike everything else, and you’re going to complain about everything else. Then just stop. I get that the more viewers the better type of thing. But if half of the viewers aren’t interested in the show properly, dislike the acting, the makeup, props, editing etc and are only watching it for one ship then I’m just asdfghjkl. There is more to this show than just malec, and if you don’t like anything else. Why are you even bothering to sit there, wasting 45 minutes of your life watching a show to only like about 10 minutes of it due to a ship.