Anonymous asked: So let's say the Dukies at that racist rager were actually Asian (I know they weren't but for the sake of a hypothetical deal with me). Why would that not make it any better? I'm of 100% Asian descent and if I want to partake in a stereotype of my race for fun, why is that bad?
Aw man, this kind of thing just breaks my heart. Perpetuating stereotypes (especially harmful ones, which is what the Duke party was participating in) is wrong no matter who does it. What is ‘fun’ for you can be and probably is harmful and insensitive for other people. There’s a certain amount of privilege that comes having the ability to make fun of a stereotype. Also I never understood this part much - where’s the fun in making fun of stereotypes anyway? What does it do for you? If you type or speak in an ‘Asian’ accent, who are you making fun of? Definitely not yourself, but instead the countless people of Asian descent in the United States for whom English wasn’t their first language? What’s ‘funny’ about that? Or what about wearing rice paddy hats, slanting your eyes back, calling yourself a chink, or wearing a robe and putting chopsticks in your hair? What self-respecting Asian would do that? I mean, my group of friends in high school was overwhelmingly Asian, and I don’t deny that I’ve said things that definitely fueled Asian stereotypes before, but I did it self-deprecatingly, to fit in rather than because I found it funny. I guess my question to you then, is: why is it good?
ETA from the always-thoughtful @cherrylet:
in my experience asians who like to indulge in their own stereotypes are signaling how “white”/assimilated they can act & because it makes them feel superior to other POC sub-populations (non-fluent english speakers, new immigrants, natives, etc)