In My Humble Opinion, The Hype On Asians Is Long Overdue

In My Humble Opinion, The Hype On Asians Is Long Overdue

Dishonor on you, dishonor on your family, dishonor on your cow...

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I'm going to be perfectly honest: I'm still not fully comfortable with my looks. I used to be, when I was younger and like, in elementary school. But as I got older, people would make fun of my race (sometimes directly and sometimes it was an indirect comment) and it made me extremely self-conscious of the way I looked. I'm slowly re-accepting my appearance and traits that I cannot change. There are still people who tease so instead of listening, I try to ignore it. But recently, there's been a hype for Asians due to Hollywood. Specifically, "Crazy, Rich Asians, To All The Boys I've Loved Before," and the upcoming live-action "Mulan" film. Since these films, I've been seeing a lot of talk, both hype and criticism, about Asians. So let's talk.

I'm half Chinese and half Caucasian. Wasian, if you're hip to it.

So while I'm not fully Chinese, I still have features that indicate that I am part Asian to the rest of the world. Heck, my nickname in high school was Dumpling! So what's the issue, Maddy? You're also half white. Why are you even addressing this topic if it only kind of applies to you? Because I'm still Asian (they called me DUMPLING), my mom is full Chinese and I have a ton of family members and get this, they're all Chinese too!

It's still a part of me. It's literally 50% of my genetic makeup and it hurts 100% of me when I hear degrading comments about not just Chinese people but all Asians.

Here's what sucks:

1. Having to hear my friends, fellow classmates and random strangers make fun of Asian accents and their appearance, simply because they don't sound the same or look the same as them. I've even had people tell me that they didn't find Asians "attractive." Like, we all know that Asians don't have the widest eyes but if that's the only thing you don't like, don't date us? Just mind your business. Pointing it out isn't anything new here. While it's not technically a direct hit to me since I'm only half, O U C H.

2. Seeing non-Asians with tattoos of characters simply because they think it makes them look "exotic" or "artsy." I'll have you know that not only does it look extremely stupid for a non-Asian to have a character that they just Google Translated (they probably don't even know the proper way to say it or whether it's Chinese, Korean, Japanese or something else) inked on their skin, it's also kind of offensive. This isn't your language. You don't speak it and you don't have a history that connects you to it. So basically, get it the word in your own language, mmkay?

3. The stereotypes that go with being Asian that include but are not limited to: playing either the violin or the piano, only watching anime, being extremely smart especially in math and science, being shitty drivers but amazing ping-pong players, doing kung-fu everywhere, liking Hello Kitty and throwing up peace signs at every photo opportunity. I'm here to tell you that you're only partially right we just don't need you to point them out because sometimes you're wrong. I suck at math, I've only gotten one ticket ever and I can't play the violin to save my life. But if you want your stereotypes pointed out, feel free to DM me. Every race has 'em.

4. Not trying to attack anyone but it always seems to be people who are fully caucasian that tends to shoot insults about race. Are y'all jealous or just rude? Because as far as I'm concerned, we don't go out of our way to make fun of you.

5. You hate on us but then rave about our food? A'ight.

Here's what rocks:

1. Asians are be-yoo-tea-full. Do you know how many people thirst after Li Shang? There's a reason he sings the song "Make A Man Out Of You." It's because he's a man and an attractive man at that! While our appearances aren't everyone's cup of tea, I also have been validated that I'm not bad looking. When you look at a lineup of all white models and one from an Asian background, who's gonna stick out? Also, have you seen the cast of "Crazy, Rich Asians"? Yeah. I rest my case. We're beautiful in our own, exotic way. And our language and accents are beautiful in their own, exotic way. Still got an issue? Go to a nail salon and just try to understand the ladies as they talk shit about your cuticles.

2. We have rich histories that go back thousands of centuries and dynasties. Our characters are older than America. Heck, the Chinese invented fireworks (you're welcome, Fourth of July). They're truly awe-inspiring stories.

3. Our stereotypes are your Instagram stories. Bubble tea? Asian. Sushi? Asian. Pandas? Asian. Cosplay? Originated from Japan so ASIAN. Your jobs? Probably getting taken by Asians because if we don't succeed, we'll bring dishonor on our families and cows. You get the idea, right?

4. I don't know about you and this may be a bit biased but I think Asians are some of the funniest people ever. Ali Wong, Jo Koy, Russell Peters, Mindy Kaling, the list can go on for PAGES. We're also extremely hospitable (we'll send you home with enough food to feed an army) and you never really see Asians playing the bad guy. Not to mention that if you mix any race with an Asian, you will get one good lookin' baby. Just sayin' don't hate on what you don't know about.

5. Yeah, our food is the bomb.

Also, yes. We can tell the difference between the different types of Asian. It's like a superpower that only we get. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

There's always going to be pros and cons but I think that the pros completely outweigh the cons. Hollywood has had a history of rarely casting Asians but it looks like they're finally heading in the right direction and diversifying the big screen. Hopefully, by ushering in these new stars, negative opinions and stereotypes surrounding Asian culture will cease to exist.

As for me, I'm proud of both being of Caucasian and Asian descent. It doesn't hurt as much as it used to when I hear negative comments. Maybe it comes with getting older but I'm not trying to ignore my heritage anymore but rather, embrace it. It's part of who I am and I think I'm pretty damn fantastic.

So here's to lo mein, chopsticks, dumplings, and panda bears! We rule :-)

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Please, If You're Somehow Still Using The 'R Word'— Leave That Habit In 2018

Come on guys, its 2018. Google a new word.

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Maybe it was because I witnessed two boys get in trouble in elementary school for using this word as an insult.

Maybe it's because I fell in love with a thing called Camp Able. Maybe it's because one of my best friends is a special ed major. Or maybe it's because I try to be a decent human being. I do not use the R word.

Until this past semester, I hadn't really heard anyone use it often despite one encounter in 6th grade. Most of my best friends I have met while serving at places like Camp Able or Camp Bratton Green where summers are dedicated to people with diverse-abilities. I think having been surrounded with like-minded people for so long made me forget that some people still use it as an expression.

Let me tell you, it's annoying.

The word itself has been brushed off even in a "scientific" sense. It means to be slowed down, but it has stretched far beyond that meaning and has turned into an insult.

It's an insult of comparison.

Like any word, the power behind it is given by the user and most times, the user uses it to demean another person. It's like when you hear someone say "that's gay."

Like, what? Why is that term being used in a derogatory sense?

Why is someone's sexuality an insult? Hearing someone use the R-word physically makes me cringe and tense up. It makes me wonder what truly goes on in someone's mind. People will argue back that it's "just a word" and to "chill out," but if it was just a word, why not use something else?

There is a whole world full of vocabulary waiting to be used and you're using something that offends a whole community. Just because you don't care, it does not mean it shouldn't matter. Just use a different word and avoid hurting a person's feeling, it really is just that simple.

There is not a good enough reason to use it.

I volunteer at two summer camps: Camp Bratton Green and Camp Able. If you know me, I talk nonstop about the two. More realistically, if you know me, it's probably because I met you through one of the two. Even before I was introduced to the love at Camp Able, I still knew that this was a word not to use and it never crossed my mind to think of it.

The history behind the R-word goes back to describe people with disabilities but because of the quick slang pick up it was sort of demoted from the psychology world. Comparing someone or something that is negative to a word that you could easily avoid speaks volumes about who you are as a person.

The word is a word, but it is subjective in its meaning and in its background.

Just stop using it.

A List of Objective Words/Phrases to Use:

Fool/Foolish

Blockhead

Nincompoop

Silly

Ludicrous

Dim-witted

Trivial

Naive

"A few beads short on the rosary"

"On crack or something"

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These 4 Highlights Show How 2018 Has Been The Year Of Asian Representation

Asian people are no longer the sidekick or have a ridiculously incorrect accent. They are now the stars of the show!

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2018 has been an amazing year for Asian representation. From sports to films, representation is at an all-time high. Here are some highlights from this year.

1. Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim rocked the slopes and broke records during her time at the 2018 Winter Olympics. She became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal at the age of seventeen. She also was the first woman to land a frontside double cork 1080 in halfpipe. Her achievements on the slopes show the amazing work ethic she has which she says she got from her immigrant parents. Her father came to the states with $800 and a Korean to English dictionary. Her father was able to work his way up to an engineering degree, but gave it up so that Chloe could snowboard. Their heartwarming story served as an inspiration for many Asian-Americans.

2. "Crazy Rich Asians" and "To All The Boys I've Loved Before"

Both of these movies changed how cinema views Asians. Asian people are no longer the sidekick or have a ridiculously incorrect accent. They are now the stars of the show! Both movies were released in August and are still making waves. Netflix revealed that "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" was one of the most rewatched original movies on the platform. The Covey sisters were absolutely adorable and the plot of the movie captured the hearts of many.

"Crazy Rich Asians" became the highest-grossing romantic comedy of the year making over $169 million in sales.

I personally loved both of these movies because I've never seen anyone that looked like me on the big screen as the lead. Both movies made me cry tears of joy knowing cinema is taking the right step forward with diversity in its cast.

3. BTS

Korean pop is making its way across the world as seen by the success of BTS in the states. BTS became the first K-Pop group to speak at the United Nations. The group uses their music to advocate for the youth. BTS was chosen to be the ambassador of the "Love Myself" campaign which advocates against youth violence.

4. Sandra Oh

To put a cherry on top of the year, Sandra Oh was chosen to host the Golden Globes with Andy Samberg. Sandra Oh has the chance to win and host during the same night for her role in the "Killing Eve."

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