A hapa in the Prairies. I blog, take pictures of things, and read historical fiction/non-fiction. I also like stuff.
Currently watching this skit in Japan - I'm finding it extremely cringe worthy and had to pop on over here to see if it had been mentioned. Why the stupid voices? I've seen a few male gaijins here in Tokyo copy the gyaru-oh style which is referenced in the skit but the accents, really?
3 years, 3 months ago on Let's Overanalyze An SNL Skit: J-Pop Talk Show
To quote a friend who I shared the article link with:
"I think it's just an example of the kind of mental gymnastics you have to go through if you need to both hold racist opinions and see yourself as someone who isn't racist. My favorite is those kind souls who "don't have a problem with it personally" but are worried that the kids will have to deal with people who do. Why not just spare your future children any possible problems by dumping this guy and finding yourself a nice white boyfriend instead? Think of the kids, honey, and be reasonable. (I'm not actually quoting my grandmother, but I'm pretty close to it.)"
3 years, 9 months ago on When Being Half Asian Isn't Asian Enough
"so you are not understanding some of us preference to love, marry and procreate among our own.."
Micro aggression right there. And what's more chilling, is that white people say the same thing.
Well you obviously don't know me or my friends. I don't define myself as exclusively asian or white, I'm proud to to define myself as both. My boyfriend on the other hand is Japanese Canadian so I guess I made a mistake there!
And just so you know, my purpose in life is to travel the world and take on exciting experiences. Assimilating and thinking that I can pass off as 100% white (which to strangers I can't because they're ALWAYS asking which country I'm from - plain ignorance but have you seen me?) has never been in the forefront of my mind.
I'm not sure what happened to you in a past life Ed but you sound really angry and you need a hug.
@Gandalf Can you say "insulting"? You are an example of the ignorance I face all the time. Who are you to say that I have no understanding or connection with my Filipino heritage? To suggest interracial couples put their kids "through one hell of a time." I certainly didn't grow up pacing my room in a circle and muttering "who am I? where do I come from?" My parents were in no way, idealistic and there was no conflict as to which side I should identify with more. If you care to visit the website hapavoice.com, the general consensus amongst readers, is that growing up with interracial parents has made us open to diversity and accepting of anything that is different. Is that a bad thing?
And then for you to suggest that we're not allowed to think ourselves "as part of an ethnic group", please tell me Gandalf - where do you propose we sit?
3 years, 10 months ago on When Being Half Asian Isn't Asian Enough
Thank you for finally addressing this on 8Asians. I was put off visiting this site again when a commenter suggested ["Yes Darren Criss from Glee is Half Filipino'] "Please promote more full Filipino/Asian artists who don't forget their heritage. Thank you." I felt it as a slight towards those of us who are half but aren't enough to count as part of the Asian community. It also angers me when looking more white also adds to the excuse or rather, a micro aggression that gives anyone the right to say "Oh but you don't look ____." "No, you're not Filipino because you look more white."
I would love it when someone would not question my heritage based on my looks or the other 50% that makes me white and make me feel as if I don't deserve to be half Filipino. I can accept that being half Filipino is better than nothing at all, so why can't naysayers do the same?
@DMan I for one do not shun my Asian heritage and neither do my half Asian friends.
4 years, 2 months ago on Yes, Darren Criss from 'Glee' is Half Filipino
@DinoRay @Ernie H. Is it that he's not "Filipino" enough because he looks more white? I get annoyed when some people protest my background as not being "real Filipino" (I'm half ) simply because I look white (well Mediterranean). Some half-Filipino/as will take more after their father/mother but the majority I've met have the olive skin colouring like myself.