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Two Sides of the Same Coin

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Nov. 28th, 2007 | 12:57 pm
posted by: rainstorm159 in teh_biscuit

White privilege.

Basically, "being White is all you need" to succeed in life. Of course this isn't entirely true as race is not the only important factor in the world, but no doubt it does play an important role. For me personally, I was lucky to grow up with part of this "white privilege." Although I am Asian, i grew up in a white household and thus when people saw me, they also saw my white mother.

Late in my life, being Asian also had it's advantages. I was assumed to be really smart, conservative, obedient, and not one to get into trouble. Within the past few years being Asian has also grouped me into the "Asian fetish" fad. Meaning, what guy wouldn't want a exotic girl. That may help to explain why you see so many White guys with Asian girls, but you less often see a White girl with an Asian guy.

Which brings me to my next point. While Asian girls are idolized, Asian guys are looked down upon. They have to deal with negative aspects that Asians are stereotyped with. For example, while they may be assumed to be academically smart, they are seen as shy, introverted, non-masculine, small (in terms of height and penis size), martial arts experts, etc... Basically the media feeds upon these stereotypes and highlights them. Thus, that's what many people believe Asian guys are like in real life.

Living in the Bay Area may make it seem like Asians fit in really well and these stereotypes are less true, however you have to remember that only 5% of the American population is Asian. So in most other places the Asian population is much less.

A point that I'm trying to make is that while I am glad that I'm Asian out of all the other ethnic minorities, I'm glad that I'm a girl and not a guy. I'm not sure that I'd want to be an Asian male because of all the stereotypes that I'd have to face.

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