Wednesday, September 14, 2005
another letter to the editor
In the same vein as a previous letter I posted on my blog, here's another one from the Northwest Asian Weekly, the Sept.10-16 issue. The things that people write these days...
Golly gee, I'm so glad that there's a people like Mr. Turnbull here to enlighten Orientals like myself about how racist all Asian people are. And yes, even though he can't understand those sneaky Koreans, they're probably talking sh!t too about white people. The fact that he's traveled to Asia, married to a Chinese woman, speaks Mandarin, and is white makes him an undisputed expert on racism... I bow down to his superior knowledge! YES! (/sarcasm)
Isn't it funny how his letter seems to make the ridiculous claim that being called names in colloqial Chinese is somehow equivalent to the systematic racism that Asian Americans and other people of color face? That's right, calling white people "Big Nose" and "Foreigner" is as evil as entire American history of genocide, exploitation, rape, and exclusion of non-white peoples.
Probably the most disturbing part about this letter is that it represents an attitude that's become quite common amongst people in this area, even in "liberal" Seattle area. It's the old "victimize the victim" routine, where somehow, nonwhites are to blame for their suffering. The argument of "That's right, your people of color have prejudice too, so us white people are 100% free of the blame for way things are in this country!" seems to be the new vogue.
Also laughable is his comment that the looks he, as a white guy, supposedly gets from having a Chinese wife. That particular marriage/dating situation is so common these days, that I doubt the looks are anything at all. Now on the otherhand, try being an Asian guy walking around with a white woman... everyone will assume you're probably her gardener or karate teacher. Or worst.
One final note... he's from Kent. No comment.
If you're interested in responding to his letter (and I know you are), you can write to the Northwest Asian Weekly here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can bet I'm already writing mine...
weird, i always thought "big nose" in Taiwanese is "dok pi" or "gao pi" -- both meaning your nose is prominent. i can't make ANY sense out of what "ah do ga" is supposed to be.
ugh, he just reminds me of the creepy Caucasians i see here in Japan...
Yes! It's sad but "Discrimination Happens". But hey, i think the white discriminates white too. I don't think it is about race. I think it is in the human mind. And then is nothing there ... I really would like to comment more here, but this subject makes me mad because i can see this "feeling" of discrimination every where i go, every day ...
You are abolutely right: : " GO OVER IT! "
angela- there's always sukebi characters in Japan shopping around for their geisha girl fetish needs... hence my avoidance of most places/events that were gaijin.Post a Comment
jj- thx for the visit.