The Internet and Asians/China

Having started using the internet from a young age, it has become a large part of my life. Being born as an Asian guy in the West, you are exposed to layers of bullshit and negative stereotyping which you must wade through. It makes understanding yourself and having a sense of identity a lot harder. You are torn between conforming to social values of the West while at the same time exploring traditional values and a compromise must be made between the two.

Asians, particularly Asian males, have been negatively stereotyped since the beginning of time. Why? I suppose the simplest answer would be to make those who negatively stereotype feel better about themselves. There are of course, people who aren’t racist, but many people still hold archaic views of Asians and the Chinese. You’ve heard these before. “Chink.” “Small Asian penis.” “Dog eater.” And that’s only touching the tip of the iceberg. I could list many more stereotypes but the list would go on forever.

RACISM

Firstly, let me talk about racism. We humans belong under a single species, but people are judged so much based on their race. They don’t know you, they have never seen you or spoken to you, but they already judge you based on your race. This is not fair. Some people say, just take a joke, or get over your insecurities, and take those racial slurs like a man. No, being called a chink or being referred to as chong is not funny. It is not a joke. It is racism. Many insecurities wouldn’t exist in the first place without stereotyping. We get over them over time, but that doesn’t make racial slurs any more acceptable.

ASIAN MALE NEGATIVE STEREOTYPING

For Asian males, stereotypes are designed to lower our confidence. We are emasculated, and this in turn gives rise to stereotypes like Asians have low confidence. We have to work twice as hard to break these, and be on the same social standing as other males in certain countries, because people are brainwashed by the media to have these incorrect perceptions of us. In fact, it is so bad that even Asian females, especially those in America, go in a downward spiral of self hate and don’t think Asian men are attractive or refuse to date Asian men altogether. It is uncommon to see such a divide between members of the same race due to racism. You might say it is just racial preference. Maybe they do have a preference, but something is clearly wrong when an Asian women says to an Asian guy: “You are attractive for an Asian.” This is a racially charged statement and shows self hate and racism towards her own culture. Also bear in mind, “It’s just a preference” is the same statement people use to justify ‘yellow fever’.

CHINA HATE

If you ever read news and browse the comment sections of articles or posts, you will come to realise people have a deluded view of China. People seem to think all the people there are bad, the country is bad. They think that everyone there enjoys torturing animals. Some people even think that everything is wrong with China and China does everything wrong. It really makes you wonder how these people came to harbour such thoughts and how people can be so closed minded. Some people even choose to live there, while hating it and posting hate online. It absolutely boggles my mind how much of the West has a completely warped view of China and Chinese people. You wouldn’t think people would generalise to such an extent but clearly they do.

You would think from reading comments online that people base their opinions only and only from bad news and negative aspects of China. These people have never been to China, yet any comment bashing China will get upvoted and liked. The extent of this makes me sad. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying China is perfect. It does more than a few things wrong, but what about those things it gets right? You probably saw it coming, people quickly downplay any achievements or efforts of China. Anything having to do with animals will probably be spammed with animal cruelty comments. Anything to do with products will probably be spammed with something about cheap Chinese quality. You can imagine how hard it is to identify with being Chinese when I see every so much hate.

I hope people do not keep such a close minded way of thinking. If you have any thoughts or opinions about this post please let me know in the comments! I would very much like to know how things came to be this way, and would like to put an end to these false perceptions.

Update: Blog Post Frequency, more coming soon.

Apologies to people who expected me to blog more frequently. I don’t blog frequently because this blog is about things that annoy me or make me angry. I do not wish to actively search for things that make me feel this way but there will occasionally be things that make me feel a lot worse than I should and I shall feel the need to rant about them.

One thing that has adversely affected me in many ways is casual racism. More specifically, casual racism directed at Asians and Chinese people. It is very prevalent on certain parts of the internet and I will recount my experiences, much of which have been on the internet, so stay tuned!

Regarding the huge feminist movement sweeping the internet.

There has been one thing that has been popping up more and more often all over the news and social networking websites and that is feminism.

While I have no problem with women fighting for equal rights as men, it has come to my attention that, like everything else on the internet, feminism comes with a fair share of ignorant, hating people. I am talking about the feminists in this case.

For a long time, feminists have been stereotyped as man hating, whinging, armpit hair growing… (the list goes on). Now feminist issues are being raised more than ever before and when I look at comments and attitudes of some man and women who comment on these issues, they really don’t come across as any better than misogynistic men, and to be honest it is not really helping with the stereotypes. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against feminists, I just think some people are supporting it in the wrong way and I think some of their views are wrong. I would like to touch on some these. Please note before reading that if you don’t hold the views I am about to rant about, then my words aren’t directed at you, but feel free to read on!

The first thing that comes to mind is the hate against men. It’s not uncommon to see women say things such as ”All men are pigs”. I do not think this one requires much explanation. People shouldn’t generalize but of course they do. It is very easy to generalize without looking at the big picture and doing some reasoning. I see this far too often which is disappointing. Surely you have been outside and met decent men sometime during your life.

Another problem I have is the complaint of verbal street harassment. You may have seen some viral videos circulating around the internet of ‘social experiments’ where women walk around a city and men are documented verbally abusing them. Some of these videos seem to be very greatly edited and set up, but that is a different story. While in some instances, they are actually being verbally harassed, some people are starting to consider wishing someone a nice day verbal harassment. This is ridiculous. Sure, you may say that some men are only saying it because it’s an attractive woman they’re looking at, but must we instantly assume ill intentions of people? There are plenty of people who have say hi or nod or acknowledge the presence of others in activities as simple as a walk in the park. We must consider carefully what actually constitutes verbal harassment instead of looking at every approach as a guy wanting to hit on women.

Some people like to call men ignorant and oblivious to the things that are happening to women. You know what? You’re right. I was born a man, not a woman, and as a man, I experience sexism against men, not sexism against women. Telling guys to know what sexism against women is like is like me telling other races to know what its like to be negatively stereotyped as an Asian male. It is very hard to empathise with someone without being able to relate to their experiences. Most people don’t even care. We don’t experience things females experience on a day to day basis, so please allow us to learn of the problems women face first.

If people go about promoting feminism in a better manner and preventing people from having ignorant views like those mentioned above, I think more people will support the case. Let me know if you agree/disagree or if you have anything to add in the comments!

An Introduction

In this day and age, technology is becoming a big part of our lives. A lot of households have an always on internet connection.

The internet makes for people around the world to connect to each other. People can share ideas and content with people form the other side of the globe. The internet can be a wonderful place to explore other people’s creativity and content, however, much of it still remains a cesspool of trolls, bigots, racists, and stupid people in general.

In this blog I will be shutting a few of them down. I probably won’t be able to change the views of some close minded morons, but at least I can try to educate those who don’t yet have a completely delusional view of the world.