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Monday, February 1, 2016

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The Most Annoying Asian Stereotypes

I am an Asian.

And while being an Asian has its perks – it seems like we're probably one of the most respected (not to be superior and all) minority group (huzzah if you're a male Asian) – I do hate it when non-Asians look at me and expect me to do something...

Asian. What is considered Asian, anyways?
Anyhow, on this very delicate topic that may or may not hurt other Asians out there, I've come to discuss some of my least favorite Asian stereotypes that are placed on me every so often. Some are subtle. Some are not.

Straight A's

Being expected to get an A in every class tends to be a commonality – in fact, a lot of people think that I actually get straight A's down the line.

My transcript says otherwise. There's a billion A-'s (well, an A is an A is an A, regardless of the minus), a handful of B's, and one very sad looking C- thanks to Calculus. I also failed that final...
But I'm great at Geometry and pretty good with other forms of math. I just don't have an aptitude for Trigonometry or Calculus. Anyways...

Either people think I get all A's, or they think I'm extremely brilliant. Which... I won't exactly deny that Asians aren't one of the smartest ethnic groups in the world, but I've met brilliant Caucasians, Middle Easterners, African Americans, etc.

Plus, I don't think I'm brilliant. I think I'm a very average person who has a trick or two up her sleeve when my brain chooses to brilliantize me. My mother certainly calls me stupid on a daily basis, which I brush off and say I can't help it if my brain isn't born brilliant enough for her satisfaction. She is obviously one of the smarter peeps in the world if she thinks Calculus is super easy. AND SHE DIDN'T EVEN HELP ME WHEN I ASKED HER IF SHE COULD TUTOR ME AHEAD OF TIME.

I'm actually a little offended by that. Hmph.

Point is, Asians don't necessarily get A's across the board.

Getting a Bad Grade Probably Has a Punishment At the Ready

"Oh, gods forbid Sophia gets a bad grade... WHAT THE HECK IS THIS B? TO THE PUNISHMENT CUBICLE FOR A SLAPPING AND LECTURE, YOUNG LADY."

Yada yada yada. It's seriously not the end of the world if I end up getting a B in one or two classes. Gods forbid I get a D or F, though. (I hid my first semester Senior Finals grades from my mom.)

I don't even want to know how long that particular lecture would last.

And for what it's worth, it might just be my own mom. She's a little lenient on me, but she's controlling in a very subtle way. Basically, she's not all too thrilled I'm venturing off the medical path.

We Have High Expectations

Actually...

This one is very true, according to a conversation with my mother (not about stereotypes, and certainly not an inspiration for this post). My mother believes that I should be spending less time than trivial things like book blogging. "So... the only benefit to all this is you getting two books that probably won't be read again? O_O"

Yes, mother. I only got two books out of all the years I've been book blogging. Two physical books in which I'm very fond of. Huggling of books promptly ensues.

Note: I never started blogging to get free books. I've never even heard of the word "ARC" (the acronym) before I started blogging (first time: WTF is an ARC? O_O Oh, it's a book printed in advance for the purposes of marketing. Yay?). I started for fun and the passion of reading and winged on from there.

Squinty Eyes

Guys, I was born without squinty eyes. Baby Sophia apparently had saucer eyes that my mother would love if I actually continued to have good vision. "You used to be pretty, but now you're not so pretty. I mean, you're not the ugliest person in the world. But when I was a kid...."

Also, no baby pictures of me. I mean, happily gaping mouth that might be laughing in my baby way? Um... way to embarrass myself. Or maybe that imagery might have embarrassed me already.

Thank you, mother. I know I'm not pretty, but it is highly unnecessary for a rub in the face. I don't want to be pretty because nothing good comes out of it (I don't want to be scarred either). It also forces potential future boyfriends to appreciate the inside more than the outside. Hooray if you have a six pack and overly sexy like the fictional ones. Does anyone else find that really fit guys look creepy? I mean, their chest is literally bulging out. It's also a form of protection where creepy perverts will most likely leave me alone if another pretty face is around me. Now, if they're desperate and no one's around other than me...

Glasses caused my eyes to become smaller. Also, I'm pretty sure they're almond-shaped eyes, and not squinty eyes. Everyone squints their eyes when they look in a bright light source like the sun. So does that mean we're all squinty eyes? You squint, I squint, everyone squints.

Rice

Rice is only good with proper food involved in the process that doesn't include plain old rice (that tastes boring).

And according to my mother, we grow up on rice and it's a source of nutrients. Much like the Japanese probably grow up on seafood. (Blowfish is dangerous, but it's considered a delicacy.)

At least... that's what I think... I might be wrong. Don't quote me on Japanese cuisine.

Plenty of other Asian stereotypes exist other than the ones I mentioned here in this post. While I feel we're becoming more open-minded about diversity (especially with the younger generation) as time goes by (it's certainly becoming more common in 2015 and beyond in the book industry), some generalization still exists – and not just for Asians.

Dragons

Even though dragons play a big part in Asian mythology, not all of our mythology consists of dragons, dragons, and more dragons.
Of course, now that there's more and more Asian mythology books out there... it's becoming less common. (Aside from pandas, but that's okay, because baby pandas are adorable.)

What stereotypes do you face often? Any thoughts on the future of diversity and stereotypes? Let me know what you think below! <3

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts. She also doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). She's a first year Communications major from the St. Louis area, though she sometimes wish she wasn't. Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.

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