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ANNOYANCES OF
ASIAN AMERICAN LIFE

(Updated Tuesday, Apr 1, 2008, 04:25:36 PM to reflect the 100 most recent valid responses.)

Which of the following is the most annoying occurrence to which Asian Americans are routinely subjected?
Being told you speak English well | 21%
Being asked where you're from, originally | 28%
Having (non-Asian) strangers address you with phrases in Asian languages | 23%
Being subjected to offensive media portrayals of Asians | 28%

Which of the following is the most common way in which racial hostility has been expressed toward you?
Hostile words spoken to your face | 9%
Hostile remarks to others within earshot | 41%
Slurs or taunts shouted from a distance | 17%
Spreading of malicious gossip about you | 6%
Pointedly excluding you from a conversation or event | 27%

In your experience what types of persons are most likely to show hostility toward Asians?
People with low educational levels | 24%
People from social backwaters | 17%
People insecure about their own places in society | 28%
People envious of Asian success | 11%
People with little contact with other ethnicities | 19%

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WHAT YOU SAY

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Asian Woman,
Oh yes he WAS aware. Thats exactly it. People like him want to give off the impression of ("Geeee golly-whiz. Maybe hes an innocent guy who didn't know. Maybe he was UNAWARE") People like this are more than aware of what they are doing and just HOW they are doing it.
its a fact    Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 10:36:50 (PDT)    [205.188.208.134]
"Its like they thought there was no way he would choose her. I think it was rude and ignorant."

That was not the issue. Perhaps he was not racially aware or his family was racist...coming from Springfield, MO...a congresswoman from that area does not consider Asians to be real Americans...but what really bothered me was they were always referring to the Indo-American woman as black, Asian, South East Asian and finally, "Indian girl." All whites were not white girls, but American girls and the African American woman is a black girl. It seems like you have to be white to be accepted as American.
Asian Woman    Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 13:48:51 (PDT)    [138.220.21.180]
Asian Woman:

"Wow your right. I saw that and it was so annoying! Its like they thought there was no way he would choose her. I think it was rude and ignorant."

And that attitude permeates into politics and political analysis. One thing I have noticed is that white journalists especially inside Washington DC continually say that Texans would never vote for a black man...perhaps white Texans. However, they do not mention the fact or for that matter care to mention the fact that Texas is becoming mostly non-white and during the past two years, there were 250,000 new non-white Texans...naturalized citizens...well, Hispanics and Asians are not "really" Americans...Perhaps you can add "Spanish Girl" to the list.
Asian-Hispanic Girl    Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 13:40:31 (PDT)    [138.220.21.180]
kimchi tornado:

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to music. I listen to anything but rap [yes, this includes country music]. To say we need to 'outlaw this twang crap music and deport those that listen to it' is absolutely absurd. I don't like rap music, but I still have respect for those that do.

"twang twang there's a beer in my tear twang twang..." To which country radio station have you alluded to? Have you even taken the time to listen to the music for which you are denoting?

Try listening to Clay Walker('Chain of Love' has a particularly wonderful story/message), LeAnn Womack ('I Hope You Dance'), Garth Brooks, Reba, or Martina McBride.
southern gal    Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 21:00:08 (PDT)    [66.25.48.107]
Asian Woman,

Wow your right. I saw that and it was so annoying! Its like they thought there was no way he would choose her. I think it was rude and ignorant.
another AW    Friday, October 11, 2002 at 11:52:09 (PDT)    [64.12.96.105]
Annoyances of Asian American Life? If you have noticed ABC's bachelor show, the woman of Indian origin, Ms. Dutta was either an Arabic, black or Indian girl (depending on the viewer ignorance), and the Asian (Frances) was the Asian girl or South East Asian girl (she is a fourth generation American). Of course all the white women were American girls. In the message board, people asked questions such as, "he is surely not taking that Indian girl home to Missouri, is he?" "She would never be accepted." Asians are perpetual foreigners in this country.
Asian Woman    Friday, October 11, 2002 at 09:39:17 (PDT)    [138.220.70.76]
curious girl,

Listen little Darlin,You haven't had your jobs stolen away from you. You don't know what its like to be a man bringing home the bread for the family, and having it ripped away. I didn't want to mention this, but this really really gets me so freakin mad. I have just started working 3rd shift, theres a new pack of foreigns that just got hired. One of them has absolutely no skills at all and he clocks in late every day. I even found out that guy stole my two dollars in the break room. I heard from the guys on the loading docks that he is getting a RAISE! Can you believe that! This guy wears white velcro sneakers and can't even tie his own shoes! This is the same guy that can only say the word "Hello"! WTF MAN! I deserve some respect and recognition for my freakin work! I come to work every single day. This annoys me into no end. Sometimes I feel so fed up I don't know how to control myself! I feel like I'm gonna completely lose it! What do you do when you feel like this? How do I learn to control myself around these people?
its me again, whining    Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 15:11:59 (PDT)    [205.188.208.134]

[This post and discussion belongs in White Perspectives on Asian Americans. A copy is being sent there. --Ed]
I'm white and it also annoys me when other whites complain about getting their jobs "stolen by foreigners" or blaming their lack of success on minorities. A lot of poeple nowadays don't like to take personal responsibility for themselves and their actions and how their lives turn out. I believe that you are the captain of your own fate. This country has the best opportunities available, all it requires is some hard work and ambition. My boyfriend moved here from Hong Kong when he was a child, and he worked throughout high school, and then went to college full time while working full time to pay for his college. He never complained once.

White people like Whining give other whites a bad name.
curious girl    Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 07:00:22 (PDT)    [207.183.117.60]
What annoys me is when White people like that "Whining" guy, complain about not getting a fair share in America. And they blame it on all of us nonwhites. Whenever they are disappointed with something, even when it is not our faults we are blamed for all of their woes.

Whining,
Sure pakistanis do not get their "Quickie Marts" taken away. Do you know why? Because they OWN their OWN businesses, and are smart enough to be their own bosses.
WeiWei    Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 10:00:31 (PDT)    [64.12.96.105]
hey whining, why not open up a quickie mart of your own? That'll teach those paki's, eh? lol, and it'll certainly contribute to the likelihood of them having their jobs "stolen".
chinatown    Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 00:02:56 (PDT)    [67.98.161.185]
Ewwwww. That's another thing that ANNOYS the hell outta me... country music.

twang twang there's a beer in my tear twang twang.

They need to outlaw this twang crap music and deport those that listen to it. country music reeks! Why can't they stop making that gawd-awful noise?
kimchi tornado    Friday, September 20, 2002 at 23:34:46 (PDT)    [152.163.189.70]
African American

Just out of curiosity... you said your sons (I noticed the plural) are dating Asian women. IR dating is ok but it does seem a little odd that they BOTH or more than 2 are dating AFs. Do they not like Black women? I'm just wondering b/c black men dating Asian women is rare in itself and to find more than one instance in the same immediately family sounds just a little more than coincidence.
What's up??    Friday, September 20, 2002 at 00:29:10 (PDT)    [63.233.90.68]
African American,

Thats all a buncha bullcrap you wrote. I see what your trying to do! Your playing some kid game. Whatever man! WHATEVER! Thats a buncha BULL! Unfortunately I can see your point. Your saying that racism can go both ways. I think your trying to tell me that I am some racist. Man, if I was such a racist then why would that Monique be coming over here 7 days a week eating dinner with my wife and me? I even admit, shes some sweet brown sugar with a nice rack! It wouldn't make sense that I am a racist. Why would I allow her in our house then? I do see what your saying though. I guess it does sound like I'm bitching and blaming everyone. I never looked at it in that way really. Its something for me to think about I guess. I mean hey, my nephew is gonna be half jap. So I have to try to accept him right? I still think my jobs have been stolen. I think I was the most qualified man for the job. I am a red blooded american man who loves his country music and beer. America runs through my veins. I don't think foreigners understand this feeling I'm talking about. It really sucks having your job stolen away when you are the REAL american. I see the pakistans with their own Quickie marts all the time and noone takes their FREAKIN jobs away! It SUCKS and its annoying! But it is something to think about.
what are you whining for?    Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 15:50:21 (PDT)    [198.211.49.170]

[Okay, we think we've gotten your perspective. Let's get back to discussing annoyances experienced by Asian Americans. --Ed]
White man whining:

Check your diapers--and don't blame others for the mess that you created. Own up to (literally) your own shit.

In more concrete terms, your sour attitude is typical of Caucasians: you always blame others for your own deficiencies, instead of learning from the situation, not repeating the same mistakes, and not ending up being whipped or slapped around time and time again. A good question to ask yourself, and I give this advice to you free of charge this time around out of the goodness of my heart, is whether you are really innocent in the situation.

Do you really believe that they axed the best man in the group? In hard times, usually the poor performer is axed, and sent out the door. If you are right, then the company lost an asset; if you are wrong, the company did itself a favor. If the company is wrong, then do something about it, instead of whining on a board with people who can see right through your sorry white ass.
AM in America    Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 11:27:07 (PDT)    [198.81.18.171]
I am an African American who lost my jobs to unqualified whites, particularly white foreigners from Europe. I was definitely more qualified for the job! And what do they do? They hired unqualified whites and white Brits and ended up giving me a two week notice. These are things that makes me angry as angry as the whiner. I feel like it is the fault of racism and bigotry that has permeated through our society. I don't feel that I'm owed anything because of slavery and I am not part of the National of Islam or the Black Panther Party. My sons date Asian women and one is marrying his Asian girlfriend next year. If I had a problem with other races would I let my sons even hang around with Asian women let alone date them? So no I am not a Black Panther. I also just feel that injustice is mostly given to us blacks and other minorities. Unqualified whites have taken our jobs and in the past have raped our women especially in the south. They used to lynch the brothers and sisters and places like Jasper, Texas still do. My niece is dating a white male. He got her pregnant. He has no respect for her yet she says she loves him. Then my friend just married a white woman two months ago. I just don't get it. What is wrong with being with good blacks and minorities? Whats wrong with it? This BS makes me sick. People that go on and on about white people being the real americans and where are you really from garbage. The whites came from Europe or someplace and America was open game for them. It was survival of the meanest and perhaps the fittest and hence they killed off the Indians and kidnapped enslaved us blacks. Many whites complain and complain off the sweat and blood my grandfathers and grandmothers shed to build this country especially the south! And it is being destroyed by know-nothing whites particularly from places such as Louisiana and Arkansas.
African American    Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 11:24:13 (PDT)    [138.220.205.10]
Rare Stuff,

Look man, I never said asians are superior. Believe me, thats not how I feel. I just feel there are many who are not qualified and get jobs because they came to our country. I don't think its fair. Why'd you think I think asians are superior? Thats funny! Haha! No way bud.
what are YOU whining for    Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 11:08:33 (PDT)    [204.33.52.200]
Whining,

I think you were probably terrible at your job and just want people to believe that it was everyone elses fault. The truth is? It was you. You are responsible for what happened to you. Asians and Blacks are not foreigners. You are wrong there. Just because you allow your wife to have her friend does not make you a liberal guy. Listen how you sounded. You said you "LET" her hang around her friend. As if her friendships are only depending upon whether you approve of them.
take some responsiblitiy    Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 07:59:47 (PDT)    [204.31.17.214]
whining white: You lost your job because you quite plainly were not as qualified as you make yourself out to be. Simply put, it's because you suck. Survival of the fittest, and this land is open for anyone with skills. That's why we know it as the "land of opportunity". Quite frankly, you had your shot, and you missed. Tough. Next time, try harder.

seriously, your points are very weak and more often than not, your tone, and what it is that you actually say, makes you out as nothing short of a bigot (inspite of your claims of being otherwise).
chinatown    Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 20:41:49 (PDT)    [67.98.161.233]

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