Identity: Being Asian American

Identity: Being Asian American

I think it’s really important to discuss and understand our cultural identities in a societal context. What does being [anything]-American mean to you? For any of my Asian American female viewers…

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AndrewWearsYellow says:

I love this!!! Like so much.?

Bo-min Weon says:

Bahahah the thing about the asian t-shirts with grammatically incorrect
phrases I can totally relate to… I used to have a mickey mouse shirt that
said something completely random and it made no sense at all. XD?

meng li lu ta says:

When i was in grade 6 i brought dumpling to school and the kids told me it
smelled like rotton eggs and to throw it out i ate it anyways and the next
day brought it again to piss them off with the smell ^-^ ?

Ricky7Odriosola says:

On point. People give me weird looks when I tell them I don’t care for
tortillas…
Also… your video made me really curious to try seaweed! I’ve never had it
and you made it sound pretty good.?

Samurai Squid says:

Whoosh. Spot on. Im the French fan of yours (yes the guy on fb) .. I quite
understand what you mean… Especially about what expectations stereotypes
bring. It’s basically the same everywhere.

Need to fight against stereotypes… you’re totally right. It doesnt matter
if they are good or bad ones, they end up being bad….

Im just imaginning how hard it must be for an under achiever Asian
American…. Outch.?

blubblub959 says:

I hate stereotypes, and i see or hear them everyday! its just one more
things splitting people apart. also keep in mind that a stereotype may not
always be about the way you look. for example, the other day i was driving
on the golden gate bridge and my family was talking about how it must be a
lot of work to maintain the bridge. my mom says “they must need some brave
men to work there!”. i replied, “woman work there to”. Then my step-dad
says, “yea, with short hair” so i said “She doesn’t have to be gay to work
here.” and he replied, “i was only joking”. How is that a joke? Were is the
punchline? its not a joke, its a stereotype. ?

bubbleprincess16 says:

This video is amazing and I agree with everything.
While I am proud to be Asian American I just wish that people would stop
assuming I’m Chinese without even considering that I could be Vietnamese,
Korean, Japanese, etc. Someone shouted ching chong to me and my mom in a
mall in such a rude tone & while I was with a group of my Asian friends
(we’re all Vietnamese) some kids shouted “Are we in China?”. Now I know
that they’re a lot younger and they still have a lot to learn it’s just a
bit annoying. I want people to know that there’s other amazing types of
Asians out there not just Chinese.?

shae s. says:

You are so incredibly intelligent. Your viewpoint is very mature,
especially for a teenager but even for an adult. I hope your message is
able to reach a lot of people because you have really important and smart
things to say!?

schuuichiminamino says:

The subject may be a little different, but I live in Brazil, you know?
Soccer, samba.. we don’t wear clothes, we live in jungles and have monkeys
in the backyard, our pets.?

zbee6422 says:

Btw me and my sister traveled Europe with our parents the year uploaded the
dancing in public videos and we literally made a pact to do it all over
Switzerland, and we did. Then youtube took away video responses and i have
not been able to share this masterpiece with you. I am deeply saddened. ?

fritter king says:

As an asian I only really feel safe making jokes about asian stereotypes. I
never make racial jokes or remarks about other races because I wouldn’t
feel comfortable doing so, even if I have many friends of that race. Like
if you’re white, go right ahead and joke about being white, but don’t be
tactless and make jokes about blacks or asians when you’re around those
groups. If we say it, it comes off as light-hearted self-deprecating
humour, but if you’re not part of the group it just sounds racist. ?

zoe l says:

i completely agree with this, especially the one about asking questions in
class, whenever i get a bad grade people usually go up to me and say
“you’re the dumbest asian i’ve ever met” or “aren’t you supposed to get
good grades? you’re asian?” or something along those lines and so whenever
i’m in class i never really have the confidence to ask questions anymore
because i feel like people will laugh at me because i’m not “as smart as an
asian should be” and i’m always nervous to give out my test/exam results
etc etc. and yeah this was really long and i apologise but you make a very
good point, thank you for this. ?

Abrar Amralla says:

I was wondering what “Asian” meant exactly? Because some Americans refer to
it as Chinese/Filipino/Malaysian/Indonesian etc. Or is it People From the
Continent Asia?
And which “Asian” do you identify as??

fishyfishies says:

In grade 1, my class was learning multiculturalism and the teacher asked us
to bring cuisine from our cultural background(s) for our potluck. I think I
was far too young to realize that I was definitely different from some of
the students in my class — I looked different, spoke a different language
at home, and had to go to a different classroom during English class (ESL).
My grandma and mom packed me steamed buns “baozi”, egg & tomato stirfry,
and three cup chicken “sanbeiji”. I remember the taunting I experienced for
months after about the “strange smelling food” that my family specifically
made for this occasion. But I’m glad I’ve had these experiences growing up.
They’ve taught me to embrace my differences because I should be proud of my
cultural background and ethnicity. It’s shaped me to be the person I am
today.?

Gaarafanifity says:

as a Mexican-American (aka latina) I noticed people put me down cuz of the
stereotype that mexicans are all dropouts and are most likely to work in
house cleaning and i aslo get asked a lot “are you a teenage mom?”?

Greg k says:

You make a very strong point.. I have at least some friends that make fun
of their own culture.. Just some. I really like your thoughts on this. So
much I’m even going to share it on fb.?

itsbribriii says:

YES YES YES to this whole video! I did an entire presentation on this topic
for my race and ethnicity sociology class. Stereotypes are the worst thing
for the development of individual identities. ?

Kathryn Mae says:

AMEN!?

Mariángel Hernández says:

AMAZING VIDEO ALISON <3?

themiragechild says:

This is exactly how I feel about my racial and cultural identity. On point!?

theorangescottie says:

you go girl ?

ikevinstar21 says:

You’ve made some really good points. I’m not Asian American but I’m
becoming one. I moved to the U.S. a couple years ago and it was one of the
hardest phases I’ve gone thru in my life. I was around 14 or 15 and my
English was terrible which really got in the way of me trying to make
friends or just to have a conversation with others. People who didn’t know
me only knew me as “the nerd” and I had to try really hard to break outta
my shell and talk to people in order to show my social side. I used to kind
of restrict myself from talking cuz of my accent but now I learned to just
talk despite what other people might think of me or stereotype me as.?

bipolarbananas says:

this is suuuuuuch a good video. preach it gurl. you are beyond fab and i
love you.?

pxllavi says:

you know what really annoys me? “you’re like the whitest indian i know!1!!”?

TheJelliCopter says:

I’m Indian and I used to bring curry to school. Brown goop doesn’t look
that appetizing to Americans.?

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