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If Asians said things to white people that white people say to them

Jun 9, 2014 By Joey

A few Asians turn comments they frequently hear from white people back on them…

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  1. Sparky McGurkenstein says:

    The dude sporting the hang off the back of the head knit hat just ruined it for me. What the F is up with that stupid hat? It doesn’t cover anything, and it’s probably not even cold enough to necessitate a knit hat anyway.

    1. MoronHunter says:

      Really McHoweverYouSpellThat? That’s the issue? Need a tissue? Do grow up anytime. The sooner the better.

  2. booger says:

    i don’t get the offense to “where are you/where is your family originally from?” i ask that of people of all races. it’s a conversation starter. do you also take offense to “what did you study in school?” good grief.

    1. lol really? says:

      Saying “where is your family originally from” is alot different that asking “what are you/where are you from”, they mean the same but the other 2 get said alot more than the first.

    2. Jay K. says:

      “where are you/where is your family originally from?”

      this question can actually come with a baggage (in a negative sense sometimes), depending on the person’s ethnic historical background; especially if the person you are asking this to had their ethnic background made a 2nd citizen, persecuted in some form.

      If you have asked this question before (in the context of their ethnicity, not location, and it is how the question is perceived by the other side that judges your question to be ethnic based or not), have you asked it to a person of African-American descent? Have you asked a Native-American this? A person of Chinese-American descent?

      Why I selected those 3 examples are because in US HST they were often made second class citizens or at some point even became chattel slavery/dehumanized. So yes a question like this can be perceived as a sensitive conversation starter.

      I am a person who makes a lot of politically incorrect jokes to everyone and anyone, especially my ethnic background, but their are times I wait for the sensitive jokes and punchlines to come out at a later stage, I just don’t give them the “shock and awe” form (well unless I made being a comic my full time job and I was famous)

      If a person were to ask me such a question, how would I take it? I’d automatically perceive their question to be location based and tell them where I am from “[insert suburb of Buffalo], Buffalo, [New York]”. I am an overall easy going person and love to give a punch as well as take a punch in the verbal format; where I personally draw the line is when some uneducated person persists to ask me and says things like (and it has been said) “you don’t look American, where you from really?” (<–or somewhere along these lines) is when I get pissed off (and I start to wonder, who has failed more in life, this person or the "edumacation" system he/she "maybe" went through)

    3. just because you don't get it... says:

      where are you from?
      – california

      no, i mean where are you really from?
      – california

      i mean, where are your parents from?

      it’s offensive, even if you don’t get it. i’m from california. i’m american. do you ask strangers who are white where there ancestors are originally from if they answer where in the US they are from? i get it that you’re curious. it’s still offensive.

      1. omg yes says:

        This happens in Australia ALL THE TIME. And yes, it’s offensive! Unless you ask ALL people where they are from, including white people, then stop doing it.

        1. arcticlotus says:

          For this reason, I ONLY ask white people where they are from. But it’s generally based on “Oh, that’s an interesting name/family name; I’ve never heard it before. From where does it originate?” For everyone else, keep your trap shut and have a human conversation with them, and you’ll very likely learn where their family originates if they want to share. If not, none of your business.

        2. Nick.c says:

          But if you think about it, unless you’re an aborigine, everyone, including whites, came from elsewhere. You might have white skin, but your family could have come from England, Scotland, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Germany, France, Lebenon, or one of the Mediterranean or eastern European countries. Each would have an interesting family history and I personally think it’s a fair question to ask in learning about someone.

          So why not Asian?

      2. whraglyn says:

        Grow up, Whiny.
        You are native-born American, and you are of Asian extraction So What? Get used to it.

        If you choose to take offense at every innocent expression of interest in you, go live in the Socialist Paradises where such stupidity as labeling various behaviors or actions ‘offensive’ are actual government policy, find another lacking in maturity as are you, join hands with them, and spend your days singing ‘Kum-By- Ya’ together.

        Rather than looking for something on which to hang your own personal claim to ‘victim’ status, try seeing past the clumsy phrasing to the genuine interest inherent in the asking.

        IOW, try framing the world as interesting, and interested in you, and you may sleep a bit better…

        ( i was gonna close with ‘…and you may see the world with less of a negative slant.’, but thought better of it. til now ;-))

    4. Dee says:

      The problem is the question wasn’t “where are you originally from” . It was where are you really from. they could just be from here in the US , born and raised it wouldn’t matter where they’re roots are when worded that way. Wording is important when questioning .

      1. -RM says:

        Exactly. I am an African-American. Born and raised in Ohio. Where my parents were both born and raised. However, after I started growing dreadlocks, a lot of the white people I would meet somehow assume I am foreign.

        Which goes back to the question “Where are you *really* from?” It is offensive in that it is posed in a way that completly excludes any answer that doesn’t have the person in question coming off of a boat 2 months ago. Because in their mind, whenever I’m asked, they expected Jamaican, Haitian, or one of the many countries in Africa to be the answer instead of “Ohio”. Why did they expect this? Because of my hair. Think about how stupid that conclusion is to jump to.

        Now, think about that question being aimed at someone of Asian decent. Its usually not a “I’m intrested in your lineage” question, but one of ignorant disbelief that that person has always been a US citizen, and the insinuation that the asker is somehow being lied to.

        That’s what is disrespectful about the question.

  3. Mark says:

    So far today I got read a dumb article trying to be funny about 20 things “white people” need to stop. That was actually funnier than this dumb clip about things “white people” say to Asians. Don’t get us started on all the things “black people” need to stop and things “Asians” say to “white people”. Oh right, that’d be considered racist.

    1. Hmmm says:

      You’re right! And where’s the video on things “black people” say to “Asians” and the video on things “Indians” say to “black people”… Oh, wait- that’s not even a thing!

      Ask yourself why white people seem to be at the centre of most racism. Usually things said to white people by blacks are Asians or whoever else is done out of reciprocation.

      1. Kay says:

        Actually, it is a thing. Just not a thing on buzzfeed. Search youtube for things like:
        “sh*t black/white/asian people say” and you’ll find all sorts of inappropriateness from all sides!

          1. Alun says:

            not mostly from white people at all. white people are the majority in most areas where racial arguments spring up, but it is the minorities that make the most noise about it. despite being the cause 9/10 times.

            a white person can’t say anything to any other race without it being misconstrued as racially motivated. yet Black people can say what they want, Asian people can say what they want.

            equality will never exist and it’s not all White peoples fault.

            some of you need to wake up.

      2. Stormy Says says:

        This is a great video! I thought I was the only one who experienced the dumb, insensitive, racist things white people say if you happen not to be white. Culturally, they feel they have the right to make fun of others and put other people down because they see themselves as “superior”. Hope you folks can learn something and see how others see you.

  4. Mark says:

    And seriously, who goes up to Asians and squint their eyes saying, “I’m Asian.” Get over yourselves. I’m half Asian and married to an Asian by the way and maybe A white person did something stupid to you, but let’s not caste the whole bunch, hunh? This whole thing is hyper sensitive and ridiculous.

    1. It happens says:

      It happens. I’ve seen it happen. I see it happen a couple of times a year. Which is more than enough times.

    2. Leith-Ross says:

      Well said ! Being thoroughly over-sensitive and looking for racism in every question you’re asked is proof you need to review your attitude or,possibly see a psy. I may be white and English but I live in France and am constantly being asked “where are you from ?”. My reply is always the same : “The Moon”. That closes the question and shows the person that their curiosity is perhaps not very polite.

      1. Krissy says:

        Interesting that you find the question rude enough to not dignify it with a real answer when it’s directed at you, but you are telling others that being sensitive and seeing racism in the question requires them to see a psychiatrist.

  5. LilJaNey says:

    This is all supposed to be in good fun people stop taking this crap too seriously and have a sense of humor.
    I thought it was funny. Like whatevers!

    1. Magicstew says:

      Exactally people, this is a parody. It is suppose to put a smile on your face, have some fun.

  6. cds says:

    I think this is hysterical!
    And it can draw our attention to things we may say that are insensitive, even when we don’t mean them to be.
    Yes, a lot of this can be applied people from to any 2 cultures.

  7. Dan says:

    Have you ever been to an Asian country? They do say all of this. Additionally, they tend to be more racist and rude about their comments than anyone in the USA ever is. Compared to the rest of the world, the USA is much more accepting and appreciative of different races and cultures. Try traveling to Japan, Taiwan or China and you’ll experience true a homogenous people’s racist tendencies.

    1. Holly says:

      You’re correct Dan. I have a cousin that lived in China for a number of years. He talked of when he would frequent a restaurant the owner’s son would come to him, push his eyes at the sides, and proclaim (in Chinese) ‘look at me, I’m a white guy!’ He just saw it as something kids did across the board on both sides.
      It’s sad that we live in a society where so many are easily offended. How can we put so little value on other people but tremendous value on the opinions and statements of those same people? If everyone would take the time to honestly ask themselves ‘Does the opinion of an obvious prick, dummy, ‘fill-in-the-blank-with-whatever-word-you-like’ really matter?’, they would likely find that the most common answer would be ‘no’.

    2. James says:

      Then travel to Winnipeg Manitoba Canada where almost 80% of the 15% of the population (emigrated in the past twenty years) is filipino. That video…is how they treat every other race…in Winnipeg.

  8. Matt says:

    Apparently this doesn’t happen in Philly? I don’t even get half of the references. The only thing I’ve ever asked an Asian person is their family’s original country of origin, if I can’t already tell it by their last name. Must run into some idiotic people or be playing some massive hyperbole here.

  9. Jimmy S says:

    Half of those were funny, and racist things white people do, the other half don’t apply.

    Anyone who can use chopsticks, as well as knives and forks perfectly, white or asian, has to admit knives and forks are easier. Anyone who wants to argue that point, I bet I can teach someone how to use a knife and fork, faster than someone can be taught chopsticks. And while we are at it…white people don’t put spoons in their hair…if we did, again it would make sense.

    If white people abandoned their own names for asians names when they moved to Asia, it would be fair game to ask them if they had a white name.

    Italians do love pasta, and pizza, and I’m pretty sure they brag about it. (definitely wouldn’t get offended)

    If a white kid moved to China, and you asked him where he was from, and he said Hong Kong, and you said where are you really from, and he said Vancouver, I guarantee you the white kid wouldn’t be offended.

    And lastly…have you seen what young white girls wear these days?!! Clearly their parents aren’t very strict. Its not offensive, its just funny.

  10. Jen says:

    Lived in Japan two years and Thailand six years and had to deal with many ridiculous questions and statements like: “why is your nose tall?”, “why do you have two eye lids?”, etc. When I travelled from Thailand to other countries people often asked me what country I live in and when I answered “Thailand” they would always say “no, no, you’re not thai” because I’m Caucasian. I personally find this video of poor taste. Anyone who has been a minority in a country knows it’s not a good feeling to be “othered” all the time.

  11. Kimble Barrie says:

    Never ever mention color difference. Never, not ever. Period.
    MORGAN FREEMAN said that — I think — and who’s gonna argue with him.

  12. BrandonjamesCAC says:

    I’m white!

    And not remotely offended by this little clip: it’s college humor on the internet, who cares?

    As long as white insults get hurled south of Pennsylvania, keep em comin!

    “I recently got really into Western Religions. … I decorated my whole house with crosses” — Hahahahbabababahahahahaha Pretty funny.

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