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Asian-ness (was Re: "Whiteness" Re: Obseneties)

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Friday, September 1, 2000, 22:58
In a message dated 2000:09:01 2:38:19 PM, yl112@CORNELL.EDU writes:

>Actually, I *have* seen Asian-people-brought-up-partly-in-parents'-Asian- >culture-and-partly-in-American-culture identify themselves as >"Asian-Americans," not as a color thing, but as a cultural thing. Many >people with Asian parents and American citizenship who are my age have >this cultural clash problem; we deal with it all the time and are sort >of >caught in a neither-fish-nor-fowl situation. I don't know that the term >is all that "accurate," but as a cultural identification doubtless some >people find it helpful.
My Father, a bittersweet product of the British Colony of Malaya, emphactically speaks of these kinds of Asians: - "bloody old wogs" => American translation, damn tradition-bound Wiley Oriental Gentlemen - "FOBs" => Fresh Off the Boat, a la wet-behind-th'-ears naive awe-struck tourists, immigrants, newcomers, etc. - "ABCs" (interchangeable with "Banana") => American Born Chinese -"banana" => utterly Americanized Asians (in the tragic sense of "they have lost their marbles and their heritage and gone too gung ho on American values of the lowest common denominator") -"BBCs" => British Born Chinese (according to me dad, BBC's also are from Hong Kong, Australia, Canada & Europe... even South Africa... & to him, BBCs tend to be non-banana due to better education & a more informed sense of the world) hehe... A BBC, czHANg << One thing foreigners, computers, & poets have in common is that they make unexpected linguistic associations. >> * Jasia Reichardt - creative cyberneticist *