Friend Posted a Link to an Asian American Spoken Word Video Clip

  • B: I have a HUGE problem with this type of drama! The question is where in Asia is this person's ancestors from. So, how does this simple question get reinterpreted into a bigoted, politically incorrect incident based upon hurtful stereotypes? It doesn't. The speaker is merely performing and there is no real basis for his inflammatory act. This person is an attention hog and I call bullshit on him and every other race baiter that comes to my attention. I am sick unto death of political correctness( whatever that is) and will not tolerate attempts to squash man's curiosity and quest for knowledge no matter who or what becomes a focus. I could go on and on.......
  • Friend: B, it sounds like his performance makes you angry. White man's curiosity is not ok at the belittling of Asians. I never get asked where I am "from." I rather enjoyed this piece of art. It makes you think, which is good. I have been privy to many of the things in his performance so personally, I know it's not bullshit. This person is a performer, but that doesn't make his performance any less true. If you'd like to go on and on please do on your page. But always keep thinking... (Even if I don't agree, I am ok with that.)
  • B: Sorry, not angry just sick of this stuff. How does a question from a WHITE man about this person's ancestral country of origin belittle Asians? I get asked all the time about my ethnicity, religion, family ,age, where I work, where I live, etc. I do not feel the least bit belittled rather most people with questions along these lines are attempting to get to know me better. If you never get asked questions, I wonder what is off-putting about you. I stand by my OP. Get over yourself. You are certainly not a positive force in the community of man. Finally, if you prefer I don't post on your page, unfriend me. Thank you in advance.
  • Friend: " Get over yourself. You are certainly not a positive force in the community of man." Woah. That's pretty heavy.
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  • Friend: Btw- you have exactly the right idea at- How does a question from a WHITE man about this person's ancestral country of origin belittle Asians? That's a great question!!!!
  • Me: I think this is a very interesting debate... IMO, if Asian Americans feel offended by getting asked this question, it is never something one should just "get over." There are real and legitimate reasons for getting offended or sick of people asking where you are from. I highly doubt, B, that people ask you where you are from the way people ask Asian Americans where they are from. As the artist says at the beginning of his piece, when someone asks him a question like that, they're really asking a whole lot more than that. They imply a whole lot more and we know this by experience. Most Asian Americans who have been asked this question can tell you that if asked "where are you from" the questioner is seldom satisfied with "I'm from Minnesota." The questioner will almost always ask some follow-up in the form of "where are you really from." This implies that they don't really think of you as FROM Minnesota. This might not seem like a big deal to some folks, especially those who never really have to deal with it. But every time it happens to an Asian American, it is a reminder that we aren't as American as we feel. We're a "different" sort of American (or maybe not American at all). And that can be very painful because most of us love America, and to be reminded constantly that people don't think we belong here can be hurtful. So even if we want to "get over it," we really can't since we're reminded of it CONSTANTLY. I'm sorry that this makes you feel "sick" of this "drama" as you put it but honestly, you calling our struggle a "drama" is itself very belittling. On another note, Thanks, Friend, for being an ally. It is very encouraging to know that you care and understand the struggle!
  • B: My last comment on this topic. The performance as described in the written introduction is based upon a false premise. It is insulting to me that simply asking about one's country of origin the assumption is made that it is a deliberate attempt to belittle an Asian by a White American. Give me a break! This proud, WHITE AMERICAN will not allow ANYONE to play the race bait game with me ever again.Not my problem if you or anyone else is ashamed of where you came from and hate Americans who made it possible for you to live in freedom and pursue prosperity. Don't bother telling me that is not your intention because you race baiters all sound like haters and troublemakers.
  • Me: PS. I'm sick of it too, B. Sick of people thinking this PROUD AMERICAN isn't an AMERICAN at all.
  • B: This is beyond absurd. Struggle? Ask someone with cancer what a real struggle is. I, for one, will keep my distance from Asians so I will not add to their paranoia. Starting to feel sorry for Asian kids who are taught this nonsense in order to perpetuate animosity between peoples of the world. Shame on you!
  • Me: Okay B, You might go ask that same person with cancer what they're sick of. Just because it's a different kind of struggle doesn't mean it's illegitimate. Acting like we are paralleling racism with cancer is really a low blow because obviously we are not saying it is the same kind of struggle. That's like telling women to stop complaining about inequality because the only thing that should be considered a struggle is having cancer. They're two very different things.