I just wanted to write about something that really bothers me – Stereotyping of Asians, especially Asian men. The one thing I normally hear when I talk to someone about Chinese men or any Asian men in general is “oh they are so smart” or “they are such nerds”. From my experiences these comments have been made when talking about Chinese, Japanese and Koreans rather than someone from Thailand, Malaysia or other Asian countries. Why? I honestly don’t know why it is like this..
Yes, they’ve got smaller eyes and many of them wear glasses, they are normally not very muscular and not always very tall. But that doesn’t make them nerds.
An Asian may be smart, but once you refer to them by saying that all people who look Asian are the same way, then you are pretty much saying that they are only like that because of genetics. I mean, we all know that ALL Asians are super smart right? It must be because of the big brains and IQ of a million that they are all born with. They are not born smart, the way people talk about Asians make it seem like they are all super smart. But hey, let’s be realistic, that’s not the way it is. There is a reason why they get good grades in school. The effort they put into studying, can you imagine all the hours and determination they have put in to it. Imagine all these hours they have spent in front of their schoolbooks, or computers studying. But then again, lets not stereotype, not everyone put this much effort and time into studying, we can not say that the whole race are nerds just because you have seen someone study hard and achieve a goal.
Then lets talk about Western Tv shows or movies. Every Asian who is in a western movie who is not a gangster or a material artist is most likely a stereotypical Asian, nerd or geeky. Lets mention 2 TV shows who got these characters in it:
“The big bang theory” – Rajesh Koothrappali
He is supposed to be a character that gives us an idea of what nerds are like, but instead it almost insults the “nerdy culture” Koothrappali may seem like a positive portrayal of an Asian: He’s a young, budding astrophysicist with a successful career. However, there are several negative aspects to his character that contribute to stereotyping: His inability to speak to women, his thick Asian accent, and then there is his parents trying to force him into an arranged marriage.
“2 broke girls” – Han “Bryce” Lee
He is an Asian diner owner who is the boss of the 2 main characters in the show, He is portrayed as short, asexual, and always failing to understand American culture. This is just another contribution to stereotyping of Asian males. How funny is it that, the actor who plays this character, Matthew Moy is actually Chinese American and speaks perfect English.
So why do we stereotype them like this? When the truth is, in many families, the kids are being raised and taught that they have to study hard to get a good job and earn lots of money to provide for their family. I know for a fact that not everyone want to study as hard as they do, but they are doing it for their family and their wife and kids.
My last year in Beijing I met a girl from Beijing, a really smart girl, but she was so fed up with studying, she had literally given up on studying FOR A WHOLE YEAR and her parents were furious.. It was like a shame to their family, and they didn’t want to talk about it to anyone.
Also I know many Asians who are super smart and get good grades, but they also have a life, they actually go out of the library, they even go to parties! Can you guys imagine that?! Wow!.. Haha, no, but really. Please, lets stop this stereotyping of Asians, it’s getting quite ridiculous.
Whats your opinion about the stereotyping?