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People have this weird urge to comment on my race.
So what exactly are you?
Um, well I'm Japanese, Hawaiian, Filipino
Woah, you are way too Asian
English, German, Spanish, French, Irish
Wow, you are not Asian enough
It's especially weird when they say
You're white washed
The only legit example of "white washed" I can think of is Hollywood
Like when somehow Emma Stone classified as a Chinese Hawaiian woman
Or when "The Martian" took all of its Asian and Indian roles from the book
And gave it to white and black actors
Or when, fun fact, the script for the live action version of "Mulan" completely did away with Li Shang
And introduced a Roman dude
Hey Hollywood!
You're embarrassing yourself
My problem with calling a person of color "white washed"
is that it heavily implies that that person isn't meeting their ethnic stereotypes.
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People are products of their environment
So unless you are surrounded by your heritage growing up
You're more likely to be a product of where you are and who you're with
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Uh, different how?
She was raised by wolves.
[Very long howl]
[Sigh] She's so wolf-washed
Saying that someone isn't "Asian enough," "black enough," "Indian enough," "Hispanic enough", whatever enough
is basically saying that they don't represent your idea of what the color of their skin means.
I asked a bunch of people on Twitter if they'd ever been called "white washed," and why?
And I noticed a bunch of the same reasons popping up
Their food preferences weren't in line with their culture
They didn't speak the native tongue
Or they simply hung out with people outside of their own race.
Can we please agree, people, that race does not define who you are or where you're from
And to make assumptions about a person based on those stereotypes
And then to throw slurs at them when they don't fulfill that idea of who you think they should be?
That's rude
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Am I White Washed?

30205 Folder Collection
Kristi Yang published on June 10, 2016    Kristi Yang translated    Kristi Yang reviewed
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