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Posted 12/27/14 , edited 12/28/14
Aloha everyone...okay so im Filipino and currently 24 years old and for some reason still dealing with the same ol stereotypes growing up as a kid... I know sometimes they are just jokes , but i mean seriously? and some of them dont even apply to Filipinos......

" ask him hes good at math" ..... i suck at math....
"dont mess with him he knows kung fu" ive never fought in my life...but that one comes in handy, won't lie.
"HIS Favorite color is Ramen" Lmao not gonna lie...i laughed at that but damn....
"I didnt know you had a cat and dog, i thought you guys ate those things"........thats just not cool.
"Open your eyes"........okay i squint alot in pics...but dude...
"i love how your house smells like noodles" and thats right after i cooked some spanish food....*face to the palm*


...If i forgot any please share
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Posted 12/28/14 , edited 12/28/14
as a mexican i laugh at most of the stereotypes that are towards me. I usually don't take offense at them at all, even if theyre the more terrible ones. One i like most is that mexican dads are everything....carpenters, mechanics, electricians, roofers... u name it.. they can do anything aha
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Posted 12/28/14
I myself am Mexican and my lady is Filipino, so I have heard more than my share, even some pretty harsh ones. I have never let it bother me, I have always thought that any insults directed at me are ignorant. My lady feels pretty much the same, then again we're much older in our late 30's early 40's
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Posted 12/28/14 , edited 12/28/14
Its the universal problem friend. I'm a dual citizen Canadian/American and no matter which country I'm in I still get the weirdest stereotypes. Its not as bad as the old days when people ask if I live in an igloo thankfully but its still there. Even though the two countries might as well be the same place for the most part people just love to find differences and pick at them. I'm happy that I don't get stereotyped as bad as visible minorities do but i'm still sad that they get generalized as bad as they do.

Hopefully you can learn to ignore those people and maybe find some humor in it.
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Posted 12/28/14 , edited 12/28/14
My best friend from high school is half Filipino half white.

Of course, he looked Filipino. Everybody mistook him for Mexican before they knew his background.

He, too, grew up in Hawaii. The racism that came his way here was all about being Asian, there was not much specific to being Filipino. He told me how it was a little different in Hawaii.

I would never make Asian jokes, only occasionally tell him as I was leaving I'd catch him on the Flip side, which would always make him angry but never mad. He got me into manga, he was very proud of his roots and taught me how to play fighting games when I was 19 and only good at first person shooters and platformers.

He also taught me about the difference in Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean archetypes in games. We are both positive that Bat from Fist of the North Star is Filipino.

Race shouldn't be the lynchpin of humor. As long as it is embedded in understanding, meanness can be hilarious. Outside of that, it's not worth much.
Posted 12/28/14 , edited 12/28/14
ya'll look the same
ya'll have a small _____

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I recall the first impressions when I met a good friend years ago. I asked her how come she wasn't malnourised, extremely dark and had flies around her face. She asked me the same thing Well the only time they showed Africans on tv when I was a child that's how they portrayed them. She assumed it'd be the same elsewhere.

Then there's the oh so Reggae's your music because of my Caribbean background. They may ask who's my favourite and I can only say Bob Marley because I don't know any other. I'm supposed to be a terrific dancer, very sensual and exotic On one hand I'm supposed to be passive or soft on another hand assertive and won't take any nonsense. As a woman I'm supposed to be extremely independent. That's a good thing when you're working and focusing on a career its not so good when others use it as an excuse to withold what would have been considered mutual help in times when it's needed.

In the UK we've heard that we're supposed to all have skin issues so there's no need to pay attention to allergies because that's who we are. One Irish friend told me that's a black thing. I wanted to ask her if her son was family because he had eczema and asthma. In the Caribbean only a small minority had these issues and they're considered ailments to be treated up front without getting it dismissed when the problems first manifested.

Some assume English is not my mother tongue. Some assume that I grew up in desolate countryside where I had to walk miles to a well to fetch water for domestic use, feed the animals then have a long walk to a shack of a school. Home should have been a tiny rickety shack or mud hut with no plumbing or electricity. Even my mother didn't live that sort of life when she was a child and our family is working class.

Oh and the hair thing. We don't all use extensions or weaves or wigs. Yes some us have a lot of hair. We women come in all shapes and sizes, there's tall, short, thin, fat, petite and all of these can be be curvy or not, busty or not, with or without a big butt. Men too come in all shapes and sizes. We can have any hobby at all that interest us.

Then there's this thing where some think because of my skin colour the mention of the Home Office (immigration department) should have me cowering in fear of being deported.
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Posted 12/28/14 , edited 12/28/14
This elderly white lady told me that the Mexicans and Japanese make the best gardeners. :rolleyes:
Posted 12/28/14
Just turn the stereotypes around on them, only in good humor. I know it is because I am mixed that I can get away with those jokes more easily, but... here is my take on the stereotype against one of my races...

"Sorry, you all look the same to me."
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I've used that with a group of my white friends [when it is usually said about Asians].

I'd be extremely careful in flipping the table. Most race related stereotypes/jokes(?) are hurtful. As a mixed person I laugh at both sides of it though instead of feel bad.
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Half-Irish, half-Coonass here. The Irish side draws a lot of comments about potatoes and alcohol, both of which I enjoy. But the Coonass side gets a lot of: "You eat anything, don't you?"

My simplest answer has always been: "If I can catch it, I can cook it." If that doesn't end the conversation, my next line is usually: "How fast can you run, anyway?"
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I don't have a small dick :'(
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Posted 12/28/14 , edited 12/28/14
Eh, the stereotyping I've experienced is from things other than race. Subtle stereotyping that led to my mom not realizing that I had ADHD and Aspergers until I got tested when I was 19. I never *acted* out of the norm they expected with both of those, despite my distracted thinking, rambling, obsessions, and difficulty in social situations. Even better, mom has ADHD, but mine presented itself as inattentive type, whereas hers is hyperactive. Still, when people think about ADD and ADHD (my official diagnosis however was ADHD inattentive type), they think out of control kids, mostly boys who can't sit still and often cause trouble. I was rarely in trouble in school, I'm a girl, and I managed to sit still, though I constantly changed what position I sat in.

Other stereotyping includes religion and which school I went to... Constantly see people assume that I don't do science, don't 'believe' in evolution, am like say the funamentalists or different denominations of Christianity. I went to a private Catholic school, so people assumed 'hey Catholic' Which yes was true but I did have classmates that weren't; and even the required religion courses tried to focus more on things that were common throughout Christianity than just Catholicism. And since I went to a private school I must be rich. No. I'm not. My family barely was able to pay the tuition even when it was reduced. The only reason they chose to do so is none of us liked the local high schools.

Then there's the blatant stereotyping of depression and ADHD and Aspergers that do annoy me but I can ignore, and there's also a reason I use Aspergers rather than the proper 'Autism spectrum disorder' or ASD. When people think autism, they don't think those that are high functioning that can appear as normal. And usually any stereotyping I can actually ignore since it's just that.

I've never had jokes at my expense because of stereotyping, thankfully. And sadly, while I hate the stereotypes I went through, the problem with stereotypes are they tend to be based on statistics, and not always real statistics. People stereotype because the only people they saw of that race were rude, so they assumed everyone is rude. Or because that's all the see about that topic, like Muslims, the media only shows Islamic terrorists not the more common better Muslims.
With real statistics that are proven, on one hand, it still isn't good to generalize and assume everyone is like that, but at the same time, one must cater to the majority in a business or any sort of setting so people 'assume' so they can please the most of whatever group of people the statistics are on.

Really though as long as everyone treats people normally and keep most stereotypes and all jokes to themselves, then the world would be a happier place.

And I say most stereotypes because sometimes people ask about why a person isn't like the stereotype because of curiosity and not knowing better more and ignorance than any real malicious intent.
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Posted 12/28/14

HuastecoOtaku wrote:

This elderly white ladybtold me that the Mexicans and Japanese make the best gardeners. :rolleyes:


Nippon-Ichi! x México el mejor!
Posted 12/28/14 , edited 12/28/14
Hyup.

"Oh you like anime and manga? So you're a hopeless nerd virgin overlord who lives in a smelly basement?"




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Posted 12/28/14
Stereotypes will forever remain because racism will probably be here until Earth gets consumed by the sun or something. WHy you ask? Stupid people teach other stupid people how to be stupid. Same with racism.
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