When I first heard about the outrage over a UCLA girl’s rant against Asians, I was a bit surprised.
I watched the YouTube in which she complained about the loud Asians on their cell phones in the library. Then she mimicked an Asian by singing, “Oooh! Ching-chong-ling-long-ting-tong, ooh!”
Yes, I laughed. Because until she mentioned “the tsunami thing,” it was rather funny. I took her racist jokes lightly, because she may have been rude, but she wasn’t stirring any dangerous racial hatred or anything. Plus, can anyone honestly claim not to have some faint smidgeon of prejudice inside them? All I saw was a silly girl making a silly joke, not worth any serious attention.
The girl took her video down YouTube quickly, but someone reposted the video back up.
And then it became even less funny, when the video made international news.
Soon hordes of enraged commenters wrote about all the nasty things they want to do to her. Most of them felt obliged to mention her blonde hair and boobs, as it was something critically relevant, inadvertently painting themselves as stereotyping bullies. How sickening.
Eventually, the girl withdrew from UCLA due to humiliation and numerous death threats.
The girl made a foolish mistake. Yes, she shouldn’t have mentioned the tsunami incident. It was insensitive. It was plain stupid. And she certainly shouldn’t have posted the video on YouTube (God, why do so many people do stupid things and then post it online for the whole world to see?!!).
But I also felt sorry for her. As an Asian myself, I know racism exists. But I also know we Asians are just as guilty of racial stereotyping ourselves. How many times have I heard my fellow Asians call a Caucasian “white devil” or make fun of the way they eat or weigh?
I’m not justifying stereotypes…but it annoys me when people get on their high horse and condemn others for what they do themselves. I think the best way to deal with stereotypes is just to roll your eyes and laugh it off as immaturity. By kicking up a pouty fuss, you’re just debasing yourself.
Okay, so that’s my little rant of the day. I hope I don’t get death threats. Let’s keep this between you and me, okay?
Right. Onto shiny things.
Oooh!! Look at my shiny new blog! Ching-chong-long-tong! (Sorry, couldn’t resist)
Except, it’s nowhere polished as I want it to be. The layout isn’t done yet. There is still work to do, codes to google and learn, glitches to fix (by the way, I just realized my blog is very…Asian).
The design of the header and subscription icons were done by my artist friend Alda (remember her?).
We had been consulting on the design for months. She drew up rough sketches, sending her ideas to me from time to time. I gave a thumbs up to most of her designs, occasionally played the fussy bitch, and then we finally settled on an amazing design that had a notepad as a frame.
But we ran into trouble trying to code our visions into reality.
Those of you computer people who deal with all the CSS crap…I have utmost respect for you. How do you do it without gorging out your eyes in frustration, or turning into a raging alcoholic? That’s all I’ll can say about my attempts on web design right now.
Anyway, long rant short: my blog is not yet done. Alda is a terrific designer. But I also need a computer geek friend.
So dear computer geeks out there…who will be my friend?
I’ll cook for you. According to my Book of Stereotypes, I read that you computer geeks like to snack on Chinese take-out food in between zones of coding and hacking…
Well, I’ll make something better. Korean-Chinese homemade food. There will be no greasy MSG-stained take-out boxes, but there will be very, very delicious food.
Time to break out the Asian goods:
Wait, let me first wiggle into my Asian apron. Hai-yah!
Korean-ish Mapo Tofu
2 Tbs dark miso
1 Tbs soy sauce
3 Tbs rice vinegar
1 Tbs rice wine
1 Tbs oyster sauce
1 Tbs gochujang
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp corn starch
1/4 cup water
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 inch ginger, minced
1/2 large onion, diced
1 zucchini, diced
2 tsp 5-spice powder
1/2 lbs ground beef (or pork)
19oz package extra-firm tofu
It’s a tiny bit spicy. You can adjust the spice level as you like by decreasing the amount of gochujang or increasing it like me. Because I’m the stereotypical kimchi-gobbling Korean who loves her spicy garlicky foods!
By the way, just to be clear, we Koreans don’t go “ching-chong-ting-tong.” But I do fit into a few Korean stereotypes. For example, I’m a pastor’s kid. I took piano for 3 years. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I love math. I live in Los Angeles.
Sadly, I don’t fit into the stereotypical Asian computer genius, or a competitive business person.
Pity, because I really would like understand how to fix my blog. And strike it rich in the stock market.
Question of the Day: What stereotype do you fit into? And what is a surprisingly non-stereotypical thing about you? It can be race, gender, occupation, age, anything.