Originally Posted by rnoldh
Foo, isn't it a bad idea to group all Asian Americans?
Though I obviously see that you say "many Asian Americans"
, and I think I understand the meaning and context of your post.
The reason I bring this up is because I have a good friend here in Houston who is Vietnamese. He is an MD and has done very well as have many Vietnamese second and third generation here in Houston. I know him well enough to engage in some pretty good satire ( which many times is not satire ). I have told him, "you must be prejudiced against us lazy spoiled white folks". He laughs and says "yeah, probably true but you must remember I was raised that way".
So, I asked him if he feels differently about Chinese people or Japanese. He surprised me by saying, that yeah "we" ( he and his Vietnamese family ) are just as prejudiced against Chinese and Japanese people as American people. He said that just because they are from Asia, don't assume that "all slants are the same" these words are his words verbatim and said semi-jokingly ( but seriously ) by him. I think I see where he is coming from. What do you think of this and when you say "many Asian Americans", would you group Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese people in any way?
BTW: The Vietnamese MD friend that I know is a great guy, very successful, and has a great sense of humor. He was born there but came to the US with his "boat people" parents in the 1970s.
Totally accurate. Chinese Americans have a thing against Korean Americans, and vice versa. Japanese Americans don't really get mentioned since there are barely any to mention. The aforementioned East Asian Americans tend to look down on Southeast Asian Americans. Understand, of course, these are more generalizations. As a specific example off the top of my head, my best friend is Korean American, and his parents refuse to be in the same room as his Chinese American girlfriend. They have never met her and will not acknowledge the relationship. They've been together for seven years. All because she is Chinese--not the right sort of Asian.
However, I have heard all of the above (Chinese and Korean Americans being the ones I grew up with) scowl at the laziness and stupidity of white people. You don't even want to know what they think of blacks. Hispanics, for whatever reason, never really seemed to get mentioned when I was growing up. Maybe everyone confused them for being a different sort of black.