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Don't Call Yourself a Weeaboo

A Guide on the Word “Weeaboo”

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.

Tagged∥Facts About Me∥Would You Rather (BTS Edition)

Didn'r expect to be tagged by you (´-ω-`) @asassymess

Name : Aki (sometimes called “Kyo”)

Nicknames : Trash (given by myself), Angel (friends), Cinnamon Roll (idk how), Innocent (haha! No), smol bean (aka, short), Smol Wannabe Japanese Boy in an Oversized Dress Shirt (I’m not even kidding)

Zodiac Sign : Scorpio, Chinese Zodiac is a Monkey

Height : I have grew an inch, so I am 5'1

Ethnicity : Chinese-Filipino

Orientation : Pansexual

Favorite fruits : Banana, Mango, Lychee and Apples. And peaches too (*cough* Jinyoung *cough*)

Favorite season : Spring or Autumn!

Favorite books : A Year Without Autumn, 13 Reasons Why, Every Harry Potter Book, Percy Jackson Book 5, and Please Take Care of Mother.

Favorite flower: Does Seokjin count? On a serious note, I would say peonies are my favorite ٩(๑❛ᴗ❛๑)۶

Favorite animals : Pomeranians (type of dog), bunnies, or cranes.

Favourite beverages : Rasberry Lemonade, Lemon Iced Tea, White Chocolate Mochas, Peppermint Tea, Green Tea, or just plain water.

Favourite scents : Peaches, Chocolate, Christmas Cookies, Lavender, and PUMPKIN PIE

Favourite fictional character : Nico (Percy Jackson), Genos (One Punch Man), Michael (Be More Chill), Haruka (Free!), Kageyama (Haikyuu!!), Phichit or Seung-Gil (Yuri on Ice!!!), Haruhi (Ouran High School Host Club), Park Hong Seok/Daniel park (Lookism), Jin Seon (Bastard), Cody (Lumine), and *insert many K-Drama protagonists, book characters and anime characters*

Number of blankets I sleep with : I sleep with 2 blankets. I don’t care how hot it is, blankets are comfy. ƪ(˘⌣˘)ʃ

Hours of sleep : 3-4 hours ㅠㅠ

Dream trip : I just wanna move back to Asia, please. Though, I would like to visit Japan or South Korea. I always have, even before I got into K-Pop or anime.

Blog created : Near the beginning of the year, around 2016’s end.

Would you rather :
-Build a snowman with V OR have a snowball fight with J Hope :
SNOWBALL FIGHT!

-Get coffee with Suga OR ice cream with Suga : Coffee =(^.^)=

-Go to the cinema with Jimin OR the amusement park with Jungkook : Cinema please. I hate rides. I went to an amusement park yesterday and went to a roller-coaster— oh boy… I had a straight face the whole time with my eyes closed, but by the end, I got off the ride while shaking a lot and nearly having a panic attack. Why does almost everything involve my greatest fear (heights)?

-Do a dance cover with J Hope OR sing a duet with Jin : Duet with Jin! I would love to hear his angelic vocals more often, and as someone who likes to sing, it would be an honor to sing with him. I doubt I’ll be able to harmonize as well, but it would be fun to do it with him. This was a hard choice because I love to dance too 。゚(゚´ω`゚)゚。

-Kiss Rap Monster OR cuddle Suga : Cuddle Yoongi, since it would just be nice. I’m not the type of person who kisses a lot. I cuddle more. Rapmon could save his kisses to someone he truly loves (╹◡╹)♡

-Babysit with Jimin OR Dogsit with V : Babysit! ^^ I’m not so good with pets ;w; I’m a lot better at taking care of children than I am with pets (since I have a little brother and I also have no pets ever).

-Meet J Hope’s Family OR have V meet your family:
I’d rather meet J-Hope’s. My family isn’t really… yeah.

-Film a commercial with J hope OR sketch with V – Sketch with Tae! I love drawing (and Tae), so it would be enjoyable (^○^)

-Hug Jimin OR hold hands with Jungkook : HUG JIMIN! I’m all about cuddles ㅠㅠ

-Go to Paris with Jin OR London with Suga : Paris with Jin! I could only imagine what it would be like! I’ve actually wanted to study in Paris for a while. But, at the same time, I would love to go to London with Suga.

-Film a drama with Jin OR do a photoshoot with Rap Monster : Drama with Jin! I’ll probably be a minor character, so I won’t really be on screen, maybe just an extra. I’m not photogenic, so I’d rather have it be like that than have a photoshoot. _(:‘3 」∠)_

-Attend an award show with Rap Monster OR wear couple t-shirts at the airport with Jungkook :
Attend an award show with RM.
I’m a boy that’s 7 years younger than Jungkook, sooo.
I’m not the type of person to want to date a famous person/idol that I haven’t known personally. I can only romantically be interested in dating someone if I’ve known them personally for at least half a year. I don’t read ______ x reader stories, and I’ve never been interested in them, even if they have my bias. It’s also hard to find fics with male!readers.

-Spend a lazy day with Suga OR explore a city with J Hope : Either one would be a dream. I love lazy days, but I love taking pictures of cities and finding new places.

-Fall asleep next to Jimin OR wake up next to Jungkook : I’d rather not for either, as much as I like them. I like sleeping on my own.

-Have a fun picnic with with J Hope OR a fancy date with Jin : Picnic with J-hope! Even though Jin’s my bias, I’ve never been into going to fancy restaurants. Iike it simple and fun. Also, again, with the dating thing. Not interested.

-Have Jungkook serenade you OR have V sing you to sleep : V sing me to sleep. It would be nice to relax.

-Have a dance party with J Hope OR sing karaoke with Suga : Sing karaoke with Yoongi! Wondering if he could hit that high-note :)

-Go camping with Jimin and V OR go the the beach with Rap Monster and Suga : I really like camping, so I don’t see why not. I like the beach, but hydrophobia (´°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥ω°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥`)

-Have a sleep over with Hyung line OR a Birthday party with the Maknae line : Birthday party with the maknae line seems fun! I’m not good with staying at other people’s houses on sleepovers. Nor am I good with sleepovers in general (´°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥ω°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥`) I stan all of BTS so this is kind of difficult

-Celebrate Halloween with Jungkook, Suga, V and J Hope OR Christmas with Rap Monster, Jimin and Jin : Christmas with RM, Jimin, and Jin! I would love that. Christmas is so magical for me, and it would be great to celebrate with them. It would be wholesome. Along with that, even if they’re just performing at a party that I attended. It would just be nice to see them around in person (*´∀`)♪

Tagging @ask-dreamaginary-vocal-line, @vminarmy267, @btssloverdefinitely

There are a few things that hold a special spot in my heart and I must say Okami is one of them, for sure. It was the first video game I ever played from start to finish and I absolutely love every bit of it. I don’t even know how many hours it has consumed of my life but I’m sure it’s easily at least a couple hundred hours and I don’t regret it at all.

As I’ve been listening a let’s play of the game the whole night I decided to do this tiny bookmark thingy of my all time favorite ruler, The queen of the Dragon Place, Queen Otohime ~  ❤

Pz ignore the wannabe japanese plz i beg u just stap m8 ok thx bruh 

Be kind and don’t claim / steal my artwork because it makes me very sad :c
Have a nice day/night  ❤

this guy I know is a huge Japanese and asian culture fetishizer and took up playing a Japanse instrument and was recently given (I don’t know by who) a Japanese name as a performer of that instrument and now he’s using it. This is why I don’t buy the whole, as long as it’s done properly it’s not cultural appropriation thing. I just think it’s so disgusting and he thinks hes being respectful. He only dates asian girls and likes to make all these Japanese friends and they all praise him for what he’s doing. He started messaging me before we even met, before we even got to college just because I had a Japanese name. It’s so gross! He makes huge generalizations about asians and especially Japanese people and always talks about Japanese culture as if he knows all about it. He’s also in general pretty racist and sexist. And so now that he’s taken his obsession far enough, it’s ok and he’s given a Japanese name cause he’s properly skilled at something traditionally Japanese? Fuck that! I’m so tired of foreigners taking advantage (whether they think they are or not) of Japanese peoples ignorance on race and cultural relations and using their ignorant approval to justify and feel good about their disgusting behavior. You don’t get to become Japanese just because of your creepy obsession!

Call me a weeaboo just because I like some anime and I’ll fuckin drag your ass. Here’s why. 

It seems that the collective definition of weeaboo has changed from the early 2000s “japanese-wannabe” to the modern “anime-lover”. As a person who grew up in the era where weeaboo and wapanese were used interchangeably, I associate the word with it’s older meaning: Someone who is obsessed with Japan/Japanese Culture/Anime, etc. and attempts to act as if they were Japanese, even though they’re far from it. They use Japanese words but usually end up pronouncing them wrong and sounding like total assholes. 

As a person of southeast asian descent it is especially offensive to me because through personal experience and the experiences of other southeast asians around me, we are generally taught through media that the more advanced and progressive east asian countries are better than us. I’ve seen those of us with darker skin long to be as pale as the kpop stars. I’ve seen some of us rejecting our southeast asian roots and wishing to be from one of the east asian countries just because their culture is “cooler.” It’s sad. I was there once. Thankfully I’ve grown out of it. 

My fellow southeast asians, be proud of who you are, where you come from. We are not inferior to anybody. If you have dark skin you are no less beautiful than those with light skin. You’re all great and I love you.

So think twice before calling an asian a weeaboo. Binch.

anonymous asked:

You aren't fucking Japanese you wannabe. You're black so stay black

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