The other day I was at work – working of course, when I overheard one of my coworkers tell another coworker ” Well you know , it’s more of an ASIAN culturual thing we ASIANS do”. I thought to myself, this girl is Vietnamese and the other girl is of Turkish descent, both of whom are American. The Turkish girl replied innocently “Well I have a lot to learn about the Asian culture.” Do both these women not own a map of the world or seen some globe at one point in time, denoting that both of their ancestrial homelands are a part of the ASIAN continent?
How many times have you heard someone tell you that they are Asian and you ask yourself “Really ?sh@#, which frigging part of Asia?” and then finally get the answer you were looking for , “Yes,my mom is Chinese and my dad is from India (India is apart of ASIA), but he’s not ASIAN, only my mom.”
One time, I was talking to a couple of Friends , some were from the Netherlands and one of them asked my AMERICAN friend, what Nationality he is. He proudly replied , ” I’m Samoan”. After which he was also asked what part of Samoa was he raised, and he had that dumbfounded look on his face, because my friend has never been to the “rock”, and he replied “Oh, I grew up in San Diego” – he speaks better Spanish than Samoan.
Let’s clear some things up. The continent of ASIA consists of many NATIONS from Siberia in RUSSIA to VIETNAM, from AFGHANISTAN, across INDIA through CHINA out to KOREA and out to JAPAN. Filipinos, Tawainese, Pakistanis and hell, even the Israeli’s can call themselves ASIAN!
Your NATIONALITY is the place where you are a citizen , borne or naturlalized as of right …NOW. Are you with me? Good. So now, your Ethnicity is your specific ancestrial, cultural descention or background. You can be SAMOAN but if you live in let’s say, Australia then your nationality would be Australian…get it? You can be full blooded Mongolian (Asian too) but you may have never ever been there and the only thing Mongolian you know is beef or Ghengis Khan, why? Because you were raised in Toronto , Canada and can only speak Quebecian French- ya see?
Your Ethnicity, are your ancestrial traits,(you get from your parents) culture ,and distinct physical features. Samoan, Tongan, Filipino, Uzbekistanian , Armenian or Martian. Sorry for the rant! Just one of my many pet-peeves. The next time someone tells me they are Asian, I might give up and say “Great, I’m half South American and half North American but full Western Hemispherian!- I have a neighbor who looks black but think he’s SouthWestern African because he has a Texas accent!