Oh so many... too many to list. Most of it is just the usual dull Asian sterotype sh*t, not worth mentioning. Here's some of the stuff that has stuck in my mind for some reason.
Her: What nationality are you? Me: British Her: Really? Me: Yeah. Got a British passport, go to a British school. Her: I mean like where were you born? Me: France (truth) Her: So you're French? *Short pause* Me: Yes. I'm French.
---- Him: Where are you from anyways? Me: Malaysia Him: S'that in Asia? Me: Yes. Yes it is. Him: Good weather then is it? Me: No, it's freezing. Him: Oh... What part are you from? *Short pause, as I wander if I should tell him or not* Him: Go on 'en. Me: Penang Him: You blatantly just made that up.
--- Her: So you're half asian, half Chinese?
--- Him: You're not mixed race. You're Asian.
I get most of my stupid comments trying to explain that I'm half Malaysian Chinese because they can't quite grasp the concept that the Chinese have immigrated and established communities in other countries. Now I usually alternate between half Malaysian & half Chinese when I'm asked depending on who I'm talking to. Saves time and futile effort.
I get most of my stupid comments trying to explain that I'm half Malaysian Chinese because they can't quite grasp the concept that the Chinese have immigrated and established communities in other countries.
*Bangs head against a table* I know!! Even my Oxbridge educated friends find this so difficult to grasp. One of my friends who visited Malaysia last year said, ''Oh I get it, Malays are Chinese people who are more tanned.'' Kill me.
Here's a new one I just heard: Japanese Anime characters have big eyes because the artists want to look "American".
Let me eyeroll that:
Stupid because the subconscious thinking there is that the Japanese want to be white so bad, they express it in an artform that's been around for decades. Secondly, stupid because a ton of Japanese have almond shaped eyes that aren't any smaller than Caucasians. Sometimes bigger.
I'm afraid there is truth to the statement. If you see Japanese with big eyes, then chances are they've had cosmetic surgery. It's the land where girls get cosmetic surgery for their 12th birthdays. South Korea has even higher rates of cosmetic surgery, and people are more open about wanting to look "white".
Don't think you can automatically make that jump. I worked at several high schools / junior high schools in Japan -- some of the kids just had naturally large eyes. Their families certainly couldn't afford cosmetic surgery - genes just vary. There are plenty of caucasians who have narrow eyes. And plenty of caucasians who have wide eyes. Whilst Asians tend to have narrower eyes -- saying that they most likely have had surgery if they've got bigger eyes isn't really fair.
The prevalence of cosmetic surgery is hard to measure, though I will say that Japanese kids grow up on "Likka-chan" dolls, their equivalent of Barbie dolls. By looking at their official home page, the dolls hardly look Asian.
reminds me of something my brother told me happened to him at school
them: so where are you from, China? him: actually my Asian is Vietnam them: where in China is that?
I must note however, white people don't have a monopoly on all this. I've had similar experiences in which the culprits were other ethnic folk.
One time while I was working, I had this latino man approach me, first thing to come out of his mouth was "so you're japanese and what else? spanish? french?" even though I'd mentioned nothing about my ethnicity. Seems chinese and japanese are the ones that roll off the tongue more easily, so you're automatically one of those if you're asian at all. This same man proceeded prying me asking how much I was being paid to work there. Tact was obviously nowhere in his repertoire.
Post by nemesisgalofdoom on Mar 1, 2009 12:21:52 GMT -5
Here's one more which a got as a kid:
Ching chang chong.
My brothers told me that there were some Italian kids who were a bit elder than my brothers - they forced my brothers to say "Italy is GOOD - Japan is $hit", otherweise they wanted to give my brothers a punch in the face.