Asian Hip Hop Times has been on a roll lately. I don't know much about the blogger except that they're a boss. Peep this recent entry:
There are many Asian blogs, Asian forums and Asian Youtubers online nowadays trying to represent Asians as a whole.
These Asians try to speak for all Asians and most of the time they all fail miserably and fall flat on their face. Whenever I read the stuff they write about and hear the things they say in their videos about Asians as a whole, I'm thinking.....really? Are you serious?
Whenever an English-speaking Asian (usually a Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese) in North America tries to speak for Asians as a whole, most of the time what he or she actually means by "Asian" is East Asians.
East Asians are part of a cultural sphere that makes it easy to group them together, even with all the diversity among them. That's because East Asians all share a culture that has been largely shaped by Confucianism and Buddhism. They all celebrate the same holidays (Chinese new year for example), they share similar foods, similar social structure, and have similar values etc. Not to mention that most East Asians look quite similar.
Yes, together East Asians are collectively known as Asians, but let's make this clear: East Asians are NOT the end-all, be-all for what is Asian.
Some good examples to illustrate what I am trying to say are as follows:
"Asians are yellow [skinned]". Really? You never saw tanned, brown skinned or black skinned Asian before?
"We Asians eat with chopsticks". Really? What about the Filipinos who eat with forks and spoons? What about the Indians who eat rice with their hands?
You get my drift?
And to top it off - and this REALLY takes the icing on the cake - many of these pro-Asian agenda people who try to fight against racism and ignorance of Asians are, by and large, pretty ignorant themselves about other Asian peoples who are from different cultural spheres. Ironic, isn't it?
Don't act like I'm making this shit up because I'm not. I wish I was making this shit up.