Stereotypes

I am a Korean girl.

What’s the first thing you picture and think of?

Probably some random teenager with black hair and glasses that is really good at math. In your head, I probably have a really thick Asian accent. Of course, you can’t leave out the very small Asian eyes.

I… Well, I do wear glasses, but barely. Last year, my hair was red and brown. This year, my hair is khaki and blonde. And as a student in Precalculus, I don’t understand anything– anything at all. So, we can cross that off the list. Accent wise, my accent is not exactly a thick Asian accent. People can agree and disagree to that.

Also, according to various porn websites and one-night-stand apps, Asian females are the most popular. Why? Who knows? Asian women are portrayed as sex tools for some weird reason that has yet to remain unknown. What about “us” turn guys on? I don’t understand.

Following these awkward questions, let’s add some more questions. Why and how did these stereotypes come to be? Just because the pace of students learning math in east Asia is much more faster than that of an American school, we have been labeled mathematicians.

Most non-east Asians have double eye lids. If you have no idea what that is and you are not an east Asian, then just look into the mirror. When you open your eyes, your top eye lids will have a small fold. This is what makes your eyes so quote-on-quote big. Most of us, on the other hand, do not have double eyelids. Thus the reason Westerners stretch their own eyes into slits and tease us. And when we do it back at them, pulling out eyelids apart to make our eyes bigger, they get offended. It’s also not that commonly done.

People say that stereotypes are just labels, but it’s not really just a label. When I receive my 8th D on a math test, I get depressed. Of course, anyone else would get depressed if they were continuously failing their tests. But unconsciously, people expect higher grades from me. That’s not because of my high records and good habits. It’s because I am yellow, because I am Korean.

The problem is that I can live with expectations. But once I start enforcing it on myself, it becomes something else. Once I start beating myself down because I couldn’t get these imaginary grades I am supposed to get, then that becomes something else. ❤

Word of the Day: yugen
(n.) a profound awareness of the universe that triggers a deep emotional response
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2 comments

  1. redexblogke · September 23, 2016

    Hey, Hanny! Growing up in an International setting I like to think that I don’t stereotype the people that I meet, but your post made me realise that I do stereotype the people in my life quite often. Thank you for writing this post, and for challenging me, and other readers, to really think about the way we see others.

    There were a couple places where you have extra words or missed words. For example, “much more faster than that of American school,” should be “much faster than that of an American school.” I think that having someone read over posts can help with catching these small mistakes.

    I’m excited to learn from you how to keep up a strong voice and and to read your perspective in your future posts. Have a great weekend! – ❤ Carmel

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  2. Karith Magnuson · October 5, 2016

    Gripping intro, Hanny.

    A few small notes: you use “depress” as a verb, but it’s pretty exclusively an adjective (“I get depressed”), and when you end your paragraph about eyelids with “it’s also not heard of,” I’m not quite sure what you’re referring to (beware of those unspecified pronouns). I’d also love a bit more development with your conclusion: “then that becomes something else.” What does it become? I know you’re being intentionally vague — and there certainly is something intriguing within that ambiguity — but I think the conclusion would actually be stronger if it was more specific.

    Overall, though, thought-provoking, intense post.

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