When Asian people say the stuff white people tell them

If you didn't really get the point I was trying to make in my commentary earlier this week about judging visible minorities based on visual information, you might be a great candidate for watching the following video.

Even if you did, it can still serve as a reminder of how it feels when the tables are turned.

It's the same idea as the video that comedian Daniel-Ryan Spalding made about what gay guys sound like when they say the kinds of the things that straight guys say to them.

It's basically the Shit People Say meme remixed, and we can probably expect a flurry of more of these kinds of videos (if not already).

In the meantime, here's what it sounds like when Asian people say what white people say to them.

(By the way, I have white friends.)

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Really?
I have a friend who is African-American and lived in Hong Kong for years, has a Singaporean Chinese wife and speaks Mandarin. Rarely does a day to by when he doesn't hear people referring to him as "monkey" in Mandarin under the assumption he doesn't understand their language. There are racists & homophobes in every race and likely in similar ratios to one another. Cultures may be different but people get marginalized for the most of the same reasons all over the world.
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a white guy who has lived for years in Korea, i wonder if the straight would find it appropriate to publish an article by a white writer called "When white people say the stuff Asian people tell them", or "When white people say the stuff black people tell them" (By the way, I have Asian and black friends.)
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straight
politically correct racism
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idiot
You have to be joking. First off, white people can't say anything to Asian people because we usually just get ignored. And second; stop with the white hate and false justification of skin color. You people are no better at anti-discrimination, especially when I have chinese people calling me by derogatory terms. Hipocrites. All of you.
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Frank
When I was a kid, during the 1980s, I was into punk rock. Nowadays this might not be such a big thing but thirty years ago you could expect to be treated like an alien life form.

People generally shunned us. Yeah, that probably seems strange now - over a goofy haircut and silly clothes? Yep. But the fact is that most people just had no idea what we were about and it didn't help that pretty much every single media portrayal of us made us appear like violent, ignorant thugs. We were anything but. So, there weren't a lot of "normal" people hanging out with us.

Of course, this didn't mean that we didn't interact with them from time to time. And when we did, it was usually to answer some sort of question about the way we looked. This was a source of near endless entertainment for us. Questions like "did you dye your hair that color" (bright blue) often prompted answers like "NO! I was born like this - and that's why my parents disowned me - they couldn't take the shame of a blue-haired child". This one was always my favourite:

"What does your father think of that hair?"
"He's dead, so not much of anything"
"Oh my goodness, I'm sorry"
"Why are you sorry? Did you murder him?"
"Wha..."
"MURDERER!"

It is true that some of these people were shallow idiots - yep, those people really do exist and they come in all shapes, sizes and shades. But, here's the thing, most of those people weren't. Yes, they often asked very stupid or invasive questions or made ridiculous assumptions but the reality was that many of them were nervous and just looking for a way to start or carry a conversation across a social barrier they didn't quite understand.

My point? You can draw a line wherever you want and circumstance will furnish you the opportunity to mock those on the other side. I know, Craig, you didn't draw the line... nor did I. But you sure as hell ain't doing anything to help erase it... at least, not with this video. (although, to be fair, I did laugh my ass off).
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Alan Layton
Since very few white people speak Asian or South Asian languages we have no idea how many conversations in our presence have racial insults directed at us. I refuse to believe that only white people have 'racist' tendencies so maybe The Georgia Straight can use their multicultural staff of top notch journalists to start reporting on it. But what are the chances that will ever happen!
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Charlemagne

This is just reverse racism. If people knew about the institutionalized racism that has gone on in Asia they would shudder. Asians are no better than anyone else and often more racist in their policies than liberal whites would ever be. Ask the Tibetans, Ainu, Vietnamese, and others in Asia how they feel about Chinese aggression. This sort of thing is ridiculous. It's time to stop the hatred and blaming of Whites and get on with your lives.
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Gerry
Funny
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Archer
Everyone is capable of prejudice and discrimination, certainly, but there's no such thing as reverse racism or people of colour being "racist" towards white people.

These links explain why:
http://www.timwise.org/2002/06/honky-wanna-cracker-examining-the-myth-of...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw_mRaIHb-M
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Craig Takeuchi
Okay, kids, listen up:
What you're not getting is that this is not about Asian people visiting North America. It's about what Asian North Americans, those born and raised here, and what they experience, conveyed through satire.
It's pointing out how Asian North Americans continue to not be recognized as Canadians or Americans, but as the "other" while white people, who could easily be first generation immigrants, are often not.
While Asians have historically been the butt of North American jokes and continue to be in pop culture, or remain invisible, with very limited or highly restricted positive representations, and while tons of positive representations of white people flourish, it is telling that this video sparks such a reaction.

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RUK
I always find it very funny when Asians in North America get on their "activist/victim" horse, as though we were, as a group, statistically less educated, less employed, poorer, and more likely to be arrested and incarcerated than ANYONE ELSE.

I'm not saying that there isn't racism though. A guy said "ching chong" to me in Grade 6, I broke a desk over his head. He didn't say too much to me after that.
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RUK
You know what really makes me fear prejudice against Asians? Asians who make no effort to fit into the mainstream.

Multiculturalism, yeah yeah. We all eat sushi, and for that matter we all eat Jamaican patties, curry, pad thai, bahn mi, kimchi, and perogies, and I love colourful exotic costumes and music festivals, but come on.

Western Canada may be a post-Christian white nation, but that's not culturally the same as being, say, a post-Zoroastrian brown nation.

I'm not defending white racism, I'm saying that Canada has a certain existing culture and it would behoove us all to try to get with it - change the stuff we don't like, the misogyny, the corporatism, whatever you can't stand, sure - but there is a race problem here and I for one don't think it is that the whities aren't letting us integrate.

It's the old country types who want to keep the old country language, the old country religious exclusion, the old country marriage and courtship rules - making old country colonies.

Y'all are crazy.
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Bob
It seems we have touched a raw nerve in the white community, when they are so defensive about them being racist towards asians by countering with "oh they do this or that". Some of the comments are just pathetic. e.g. They do this in China!! So what? These are Canadians born in Canada, or America, and they are racially abused. IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

As for integration, it takes two to tango. "Asians who make no effort to fit into the mainstream. " - how can they fit, when whites have clearly stated they do not belong, unless they fulfil some comical (men) or sexual (women) stereotype created by whites?

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