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TOPIC: Are You Asian Enough?

Are You Asian Enough? 08 Nov 2015 22:56 #8434

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So I watched this college humor video the other day that essentially brings up the topic of where those who are part Asian stand in the respected communities. Even though I don’t think this video is extremely accurate, it does bring up something that I (and many people I know) deal with on a daily basis. In my case, I think it’s a bit more complicated, just based on that both my parents are 1st generations in the US (dad from the UK and mom from South Korea) and still hold heavy ties back to each country. Also out of the two, I actually grew up closer to my Korean side, having both my brother and I been born in Seoul, while we lived in Hong Kong our family went over several times a year, and just being overall closer to the family that lived there. Now living in the states for over 12 years, I basically consider myself American, but especially when it comes to speaking Korean or eating/having Korean products there’s always the anxiety of people misunderstanding (which has actually happened more than you’d think)
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Are You Asian Enough? 11 Nov 2015 15:11 #8463

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As a halfie, I find this video hilariously and somewhat terrifyingly accurate. What is interesting is that when I am around non-Asians, they apparently see me as fully Asian. Some also apparently expect me to be a cultural ambassador for China/Japan/Korea/Vietnam/wherever. (They never guess Filipino) When I am around Asians, I am just white. Filipinos tend to know that I am a halfie right away, but they always zero in on my whiteness. In particular, I get a lot of comments on how pale my skin is. Whitening products are quite popular in the Philippines and conventional beauty standards are more or less white beauty standards. This seems to be the case in a lot of communities that have been placed under American or European cultural hegemony.
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Are You Asian Enough? 15 Nov 2015 21:16 #8520

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This initial discussion post is amazing, and truly captures a relevant yet unspeakable topic that many Asians face on a day-to-day basis. I myself am fully 100% Korean, and was born in Seoul. However, I am adopted and came over to the United States when I was only 6 months old. I grew up in a Caucasian family with little to no exposure to the Korean culture, until I was 23 when I moved to LA. The funny thing about this video, is it does not even consider adopted Asians who similarly to others who are adopted regardless of their ethnicity, have no sense of cultural identity based upon their own ethnicity, so how Asian am I, even if I technically am 100%?!

This was an issue I faced early upon my move to LA. Many Koreans were interested in talking with me, but once they would find out I was uneducated about the Korean culture, I was severely looked down upon, and casted as an outsider, even at work! I have made as many strides as possible in order to learn more about the Korean culture, and what better way to start with the food! Now, Korean food is my ultimate favorite, from BBQ to Bibimbap, I am a proud born-again Korean!!!
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