I saw this article on Buzzfeed where a photographer created a project of everyday microaggressions encountered by Fordham University’s students. Derald Sue, a Columbia professor, refers to microaggresion as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults towards people of color”.
Looking through the photography project inspired me to write-up a blog post. I really do believe that people don’t really think about their questions or remarks to someone that is racially different. I always get questions about “where I’m REALLY from” and “what are you.” I have become so accustomed to the underlining question of “Where are you from?” to answer, “I’m from Tennessee. But I know what you are really asking. I was born in South Korea.” I find myself always getting irritated and unable to explain the reason of my irritation. I think maybe it is just something you’d have to encounter on many occasions.
I just wanted to share this with everyone. We (I’m even at fault for this) are human and sometimes don’t realize the effect our words can have on others. We need to be more mindful as our World becomes even more diverse.
I’ve just stumbled upon FungBrosComedy on YouTube and this video, Asian College Bubble. The brother proceed to describe three types of Asians in the Asian College Bubble. The Bubble being the self-segregating group of Asians who study, party, and hang out together. Which I feel like is seen on any campus for any and all racial groups (well maybe not whites?). Anyway. They go on to describe three types of people in the Bubble: 1) The Natural, 2) The Intentional, and 3) The Floater. Watch the video to find out what each ones means.
I guess I would consider myself a Floater. Although, at my college, I didn’t really hang out with that many Asians. Come to think of it, I’m not sure we even had a huge Asian population. I guess being adopted helped me not really gravitate towards just one racial group. I do have more friends that are white, but it’s not intentional. Although, I do feel odd when I’m around a lot of Asians. I feel out of place because I don’t feel Asian enough. Hopefully going to this Korean class has and will continue to help me embrace my inner Asian.
To end things up, a question for the Hubs. How does Zantac keep you from getting red before drinking? Seen 25 seconds into the video. I don’t know that I really turn red when I drink, but that’s for another post!