Exploring Microaggression: What the hell is Microaggression?
ever wanted to say something but didn’t because it might be a little offensive? well there is now a way to do that with the help of MICROAGGRESSION!!! Check out what that word means by reading my latest post on Sorry Asian Parents.
By Airec Sype
The internet has always been a hub of good ideas: if you’re into stuff like DIY’s or trying to find a non-trendy-but-trendy-hipster place to brunch, or trying to gather up magical tips to help you lose your virginity for the first time. (Porn isn’t a reliable source for educational virgin tips for getting women or losing your virginity btw. Not everyone is lucky enough to just stumble into a threesome). But if you troll the internet a lot, like I do, you will notice that it is a Wild West of ideas with raw-uncensored thoughts. Which, of course, without filtration, the internet is saturated with a lot of racist (but sometimes hilarious) comments.
Instead of me calling it “internet racism,” lets ground this phenomenon in the scholarly world. First coined by Harvard professor Chester M. Pierce in 1970, psychiatrists have described these light “insults and dismissals” as
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A Very Asian Christmas: A brief history about Christmas and Asians
On the first day of the new year, I decided to post share a little knowledge I found concerning Asians and Christmas with a little Sype commentary. check it out and tell me what cha think!
By Airec Sype
not trying to break Santas lap
As I reminisce about my Christmas vacation, the overpowering memory of me sitting in my parents living room watching my six year old baby brother play Call of Duty on the PS3 underneath the 62’’ TV, as my eleven year old baby sister watched Ugly Betty on the iPad by the decorated artificial Christmas tree with wrapped presents underneath, this makes me wonder . . . where the fuck was my Christmas when I was 10 years old?
Growing up in the Central Valley, a predominantly White Christian Conservative area, the concept of Asian culture was foreign to kids of other ethnic culture in grade school. So a question I was often asked was, “Do Asians celebrate Christmas?”
Yes. Yes Asians do celebrate Christmas, you racist!
LOL, well let me elaborate on that. Yes and no, and well kind of.
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#SorryAsianParents: A documentation of my failure and success as an “Asian-American”
Hi this is Airec here. So of y’all might know that I’m Asian, no shocker there. So I decided to have a new writing project call SorryAsianParents. It should be funny, wacky and super random so check it out.
I just found this hat and I really love In-N-Out
By Airec Sype
I am Asian-American.
What does that mean exactly? Shit, I don’t really know.
I guess if you break AA down to its two root words, my ethnicity is composed of Asian and American. (Also being American can mean a bunch of different things, in this sense I’m talking about mainstream “white-America,” I guess. But I’m not trying to be racist here, or at least not too racist).
So I’m Asian-American. Parents were born in Asia, I was born in America; I have spiky hair and sharp eyes, but I don’t have an Asian accent . . . most of the time, sometimes it just slips out, just the tip (;P). All of these things that compose me are borrowed cultural stereotypes and figures that mix the two worlds into my own.
Even though two different cultures are…
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Creative Writing: Not a Real Major Asian Parents?
Its been awhile since I’ve post a Koko and Airec conversation, so here is one after Koko saw a nice Tickld description of college majors.
STAY TUNE FOR MORE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMENTARIES AFTER!!!
****** Note: This conversation was ripped from my Facebook so the links will open on the same page. Click up there ^^^ if you want to see the Tickld link open on another page. Links after this conversation will open on another page. Happy Juno? ******
Koleana Kai McGuire posted toAirec Syprasert
“Because job security is for pussies”
Airec Syprasert not gonna lie, when i first saw this post i was pretty drunk and didnt read it, but now im glad i did. funny cuz your major isnt on there!
Koleana Kai McGuire Haha it is pretty funny. maybe my major isn’t popular enough to be included?
Airec Syprasert or maybe your major is too bro?
Koleana Kai McGuire Lol too bro? Its possible
Airec Syprasert kin, a major that focus on muscles and pulling bitches? yea, thats pretty bro, bro. haha
Koleana Kai McGuire Hahaha well when you put it that way…its pretty bro
Airec Syprasert says the broett. lol.
Airec Syprasert http://www.buzzfeed.com/…/77-facts-that-sound-like-huge…
77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True
Get ready to have your mind blown into a different time zone.
Airec Syprasert check out number 25
Koleana Kai McGuire Hahaha that’s awesome
Airec Syprasert you can go ahead and plan your move now
Creative Writing: Because Job Security is for Pussies
Yea, I guess it’s true that I have not been able to find a job after college. And yes, there is no job security for creative writing majors.
If anyone believed in this fact to the t, it’s my parents. Oh boy, the look on their faces when I told them that I wanted to be an English, or Engurish: it’s my crappy understanding of the English language, major was priceless . . . Oh wait, I didn’t have the balls to tell them face to face; I took the cowards way out (like how most bros in high school took the I’ll-just-break-up-with-you-over-Myspace route) and did it over the phone . . . after being in college for 3 years. I seriously could sense their disappointed chakra over my shitty flip-phone. (And I probably still have a flip-phone because I was an Engurish major.)
But seriously though, how do you tell your ASIAN parents that you wanna become a “writer” instead of a doctor, or lawyer, or pediatrician, or whatever practical real (real in a sense that my parents value as a “real” major) major. Being the first son of an immigrant Asian family to go to a 4 year university and failing at their first step (choosing the right major) is not an easy task to preform. Hell, till this day my parents are still trying to get me to do something else in life other than writing . . . AND I’VE ALREADY GRADUATED!
Seriously though, that tiger mom (a relentless mean Asian mom who’s always trying to get you to study and whose once cock blocked the shit out of you with the girl of your dreams before by pulling a Moses when he smashed the golden ox . . . this is actually a true story) is effin’ relentless when it comes to changing your education. Check out this tiger mom meme blog.
This video cracks me up every-time #cockblockingasianparents
And anyone who has or have an Asian immigrant father knows not to mess with him . . . or else you see that fly swatter that he bought from Chinatown earlier used on you. #weasiansknowallaboutthatflyswatter
I mean I guess I could have had chosen a real Asian-esk major and bite the bullet to become a fucking scientist or a nurse (but that wouldn’t really work since I’m not Filipino) but I didn’t want to. I have my American dream, I choose my path and rebelled against my Asian ways. Truth be told, I think I was only one of the few, and I really do mean few, Asian kids in the creative writing program at SFSU. I had to make the Yellow Brothas proud and represent our people in the creative writing department.
In this article, its states that Asian Americans who are pressured by their parents are more susceptible to depression and suicide . . . I don’t want any of that. I don’t wanna be another Asian American who grows up hating their career choice because it’s one made by their parents. Shit, do you know how many (Other)-Americans hate their life now because they hate their fuggen job. It’s a never ending cycle of regret. I’ll rather be a teacher than become a nurse and hate my life. Well, I mean at least this way I can enrich the young minds of our future . . . while meeting single moms along the way. I maybe Asian and a hipster, but I’m still kinda of a bro and I do have bro dreams.
Also me a doctor? I don’t know how that’s gonna work. As some of my friends who knows me, how can anyone see this man taking care of or being in charge of someone else’s life. This man who once tried beer-bonging two beers with two 151 shots in it (successfully and regretfully), this man who has raged 5 sleepless nights in Vegas for EDC . . . THREE TIMES, this man who still live in a frat house and is broke as shit (still I think this is because this is because of my choice to become an Engurish major); I just don’t think that’s a good idea for anyone.
Shit, before I joined my fraternity, bless Pi Kappa Phi, I told my parents that I was joining a teaching club for people who were interested in teaching. I did learn how to be a rightful Christian man, but there are somethings that I learned and did that I would never want my future wife n’ children to know. And of course, I hope my Asian parents never find out what their first born did. Or else I would be force to live a life in the temple without distractions . . . especially women.
I’m a proud Asian American who have American cultural value and was raised with the ways of the Asian. Yes the ways of the Asian is a secret martial arts form. Its my birth right to decide what I want to do with my life and it’s my choice to defy the Asian American Model-Minority stereotypes. Hell, if they wanted to force me into doing what they wanted me to do then they should have had me in Asian, or at least Chinatown. This way no sense of Western ideals of freedom would have crept into my soul.
Being an English Creative Writing graduate may not have been the best choice for making cash, nor may it have been the best choice for gaining a higher bragging right for my parents to brag about within their gossiping Asian American community back at home, but it’s my choice as an American born citizen. I may not have job security, but my god, am I going to have fun drinking my way till I do make it as a writer.
-I hope you have a good one, Sype
-PS, mom and dad, if you end up reading this, I gotta say #sorryasianparents.
-PSS, but still respect your parents, because if it wasn’t for them you would probably be born in Asia somewhere making jeans for Wal-Mart instead of being in college where you can drink your asses off and try n’ fug white girls (or boi’s, whatever your into and if you’re a girl).
Asian Boyfriend No Welcome Here!!!
Everyone who’s friends with me on Facebook knows that I love to browse the internet for funny shit and that BuzzFeed is one of the blogs that I frequently “share” on Facebook. Earlier this week, I came across a BuzzFeed post about some vicious attacks on Lorde, 17 year old pop-singer from New Zealand, and her boyfriend, James Lowe.
According to BuzzFeed, the original “attack” came from rapper Tyler, the Creator. I put attack in quotation marks because I don’t know if it was intended as an attack (something which you can never really know because Tyler, the Creator, is fucking crazy).
Now, I’m not focusing on the non-feud between Lorde and Tyler, the main disgust I feel is from the Twitter attacks that followed.
Tyler, the Creator’s tweet sparked a clash of resistance against Lorde, primarily attacking her boyfriend of Asian descent.
The onslaught of Twitter attacks were brought on by One Direction and Justin Bieber fans. These tweens accused Lorde of calling their false demigods ugly.
In Lorde’s defense, she did not accuse One Direction or Justin Bieber of being ugly.
I’m not going to go into details about what these little girls and stupid boys were saying about Lorde and James, but some of their Tweets contain the words “Hoe” and “Chinese old fart.”
You can read it all here: http://www.BuzzFeed.com/ryanhatesthis/one-direction-fans-on-twitter-are-saying-insanely-racist-thi?bffb
Who knew that these little tweens can be so blood thirsty behind a keyboard?
Now, I’m not saying that I think One Direction and Justin Bieber sucks, but I don’t particularly like their music; however, I respect other people’s opinions that like it. This are just one Asian boy’s opinion.
But Justin Bieber, in particular, I don’t like personally; especially after his attack on Michael Woods manager in Korea earlier this year.
And if you like Justin Bieber and don’t like my opinion, you can either write a comment or, hell, get your own site and BLOG ABOUT IT!!!
Linda West, of Jezebel, stated to BuzzFeed, “Even the tweets that don’t specifically mention Lowe’s race, I suspect, are at least partially driven by our culture’s nasty stereotyping of Asian men as unsexy and sexless.”
Why is it that in America (and I say America because this is where I live and where I have experience dating shortcomings), Asian males are viewed as “unsexy” and emasculated when paired up against the standards of attractiveness?
Is our skin too yellow? Do our wide eyes scare you? Are we too smart and weird and nerdy and geeky to be attractive??
This type of “thought” makes it hard for Asian Americans to date outside of their race.
I know other races have their own “sexual identification:” black males being “big,” Hispanic males being exotic with a splash of Spanish spice, European males with their thick charming accents. But what is Asian American males’ identification? The ability to do your homework for you? The person to rely on to fix your broken iPhone screen?
Of course I know that not everyone is the same. I know that some girls don’t date Asian males not because they are racist; they are just simply not attracted to them. And I know some girls who do date -and in some cases only 🙂 – Asian males.
Here is a random funny video about Asians in a library:
This rant probably went off course about what I wanted to say, so let me just sum it up here: I hate how it’s so easy for people over the internet to attack an Asian male’s sexual identity when they’re in an interracial relationship!
I could probably go on further into this subject, I was once aspiring to become an Asian American Studies minor, but I will spare you an earful of preaching.
Another thing that was brought to my attention by my friend Lili is Lorde and her boyfriends’ age difference. Lorde is 17 and her boyfriend is 24 . . . (O.O)
Yes, I know that here in America their relationship is taboo. Better yet, illegal!!! But minute facts like that still didn’t stop me from trying to date a freshman when I was 18 in high school! Bro-five!
But the age of consent in New Zealand, where these two are from, is 16. And in their eyes (haha James Lowe’s eyes), and also by Mexican culture standards, 16 is the age of being a woman and thus being the legal age of consent.
Now, if I remember correctly, wasn’t pop-sensation Miley Cyrus getting d*** down by some 24 year old wrecking ball when she was like 17?
But what’s the difference? Is it just because Miley’s ex looks good in a tight t-shirt while Lorde’s boyfriend looks like your tutor in math class?
If we look at this through the eyes of Americans, then yeah, 24 to 16 is kinda gross.
However, if this is an American ethical standpoint we’re tackling, then let’s look at one of the great American actors, Morgan Freeman.
Not only did he date someone younger, but the woman that he left his wife for was his adopted granddaughter. E’Dena Hines is granddaughter of his first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. Freeman and E’Dena are not related by blood; the only connection they have is through his first wife, whom is E’Denas’ grandmother Bradshaw . . . (o.O)
Just something to point out in that link, E’Dena is trying to dispute that she and Freeman are related, but she called him “my grandfather” . . . that’s just a little gross. Just a little bit . . .
And yet no one talks about this (O.o)
Now, I’m not trying to justify a couple’s relationship age difference, I’m just trying to highlight the crude racist comments against Asians on the internet. I know I’m not a saint myself when it comes to race . . . but these people are just being mean!!!
So here we have it. In Lorde’s case, 16 is legal in New Zealand (and her boyfriend does kind of look like a Hipster Asian), but in Morgan Freeman’s case . . . let’s just say family reunions will never be the same.
-Hope y’all have a good one, Sype.
-PS, here I’ll leave you some screenshots that were the roots of this blog post! You can also see what my friends had to say on this matter!!!
A Deeper Look into Airec’s Mind
Yo yo yo, Airec again. I guess since my partner did it, I might as well do it too. I am a creative writing major at San Francisco State University, living in the beautiful state of Cali, Cali, Cali. I was originally raised in Visalia, a town in the middle of nowhere California. I usually say I’m from Fresno since noooooo one knows where V-town is. I moved up to San Francisco about six years ago to start my college “career.” Yes I’ve been in college for six years. And no, I’m not working on my masters. I don’t regret being in college for this long, although my parents still believe (desperately) -despite me telling them multiple of times that I’m not- that I’m getting my masters. My Asian parents, when are they going to learn that I am not going to become a doctor.
I am a goofy person, witty and kind of an asshole. I like to push people’s limits and I’m blunt about things. This is where I get myself into the most trouble. Most of the time people don’t know whether to laugh or to scold me. But after being around me for a while, people just see it as Airec being Airec. That’s when the laughter comes rolling in, when you get pass this tubby surface. This duel-blog is going to be good because where I like come off rough and strong, Koleana will be here to provide some comfort from the crude things that I’m going to say. I’m going to admit that I am an idiot at times, I’m not going to tip toe around that, but I do love to talk. My goal in life is to make people laugh and entertained. This blog is going to be my vehicle to bring smiles to people faces with my stupid antics and commentaries.
In my free time (like Koko) I like to be active. May it be going to the gym or going on hikes around the city; being active is ingrained in my DNA. This is probably because I used to weight 230lbs in high school, and I DO NOT want to revert back to that lil chubby kid. Given I played sports in high school, I was still that fat Chinese kid . . . despite the fact that I’m not Chinese. As quoted from the Austin Powers movie, I had more chins than a Chinese phone book. I blame it on my mother’s cooking and my love for fried food (especially fried chicken). Aside from being active, I like to play video games and attended concert and shows. I really like rock music (especially Alt. and indie) and electronic music (trance is my favorite EDM genre). That being said, I like to attend electronic dance music festivals. (Some of you may know what I’m talking about) I’ve attended five EDC’s. Yes, I’ve wasted –blissfully and willingly- hundreds of dollars and put my body through hell to have the privilege of being at five Electric Daisy Carnivals. This year, Koko and I will embark on another EDC with our crazy fun group of friends. So there will be some post regarding EDM and festivals I attend.
What am I going to blog about? Hmm . . . pretty much anything that pertains to my thoughts and adventures. Hopefully I will be sober enough when I attend shows so I can blog about them later when I wake up with a nasty hangover. Like Koko, I come from a really “unique” family. My parents are of Laotian and Thai decent, immigrants from Southeast Asia. I am the first generation of the Sypraserts. Yes, I know my last name has a lot of consonants in it. Now try pronouncing it. I am also the first of not two, not four, but nine kids . . . That’s a lot of kids. So some of my views on American living are going to be different; I’m just a boy who is an Asian American, trying to survive in an American and Asian world. So expect some post about that.
What I ask from you guys is to please not take everything I say to heart. I’m going to reiterate this again, I am an idiot. I like to be a smartass and I derive my style of comedy from the great comedic mind of Dave Chappelle and Asian comedian Kevin Shea, and also from fictional characters like Stifler. So please be patient with me. Just be glad that Koleana is here to grace your eyes, as well as protect my ass, with her elegant and cheery writing. Well, this is going to be fun; I know you’ll enjoy the ride (;P)