Okay, so I know I’ve been MIA for a while (thank you to those who have held me accountable), I bow my head in shame. I knew that once Uni was in full swing, blogging would have to take a back seat and this semester I’ve been battling with a lovely subject called statistics which takes up a good chunk of my week in terms of assignments and contrary to popular belief, not all asians are good at maths. With that being said, I thought todays blogpost would cover the top stereotypes I’m regularly confronted with.
1. No, I am not a mathematical genius nor do I like to elaborate on the theory of blackholes in my spare time. In Highschool, I despised physics with a burning passion and I’m so out of practice with maths that sometimes I can’t even calculate the difference between 30 and 13 in my head while working at the cash register.
2. I do not spend my days studying diligently in a dimly lit room surrounded by cans of redbull on the floor. I believe grades are important but I’m also practically a sloth and it takes an enourmous amount of willpower to get myself to sit at my desk. My parents had to bribe me with an Ipod nano for good grades when I was 16. Also, much to my mothers disappointment back then , I did not go on to study law or medicine like all the other korean kids she knew.
3.Just because my eyes become non-existant when I laugh doesn’t automatically mean I’m chinese. I know this may come shocking to some, but Asia actually consists of quite a few countries.
4.Granted, we asians do sometimes eat some pretty weird stuff, not all of us are fond of the idea of eating live baby rats or any other strange thing you can come up with. If I get asked one more time if I like to eat dog, yours is going to go missing.
Infact, I seem to be a terrible example for a stereotypical asian. Did you know that I can’t even hold chopsticks properly? My austrian friends do a better job of that than me and if you gave me a bowl of ramen, I wouldn’t be able to loudly slurp the noodles up even if I wanted to…(believe me, I’ve tried). Fine, I might admit that I suck at driving ( yes, even Mario kart), did Taekwondo as a kid, and lack ‘junk in the trunk’ but that’s all you are getting out of me!
All in all though, I do take the stereotyping with good humour because they must’ve originated somewhere and at the end of the day it’s good to not take yourself too seriously.
Have a lovely week!
– A Pearl of the Orient.