By Rei Tanotsuka, 30 June 2021.
Hey you, yeah you with the yellow/brown face, when are you going to grow a pair, fill a cup or do something worthy of commendation?
Why in this epoch of tech-nerdom, when we are no longer beholden to a group of self aggrandizing imperialists to depict us, do we STILL insist on using their brushes to paint our own portrait? Are we just really whitewashed or incredibly stupid?
But Westerners told us we were oppressed, so we must be!
…..and I’m telling you, you have MORE freedom than the idiots who sparked a “healthy” debate that only, oh killed 8 million odd people (yes, I’m looking at you Martin Luther of the Reformation). Imagine a society SO FUCKIN’ riddled with oppression that they SKINNED ALIVE a female philosopher-cum-brilliant math genius, Hypatia! You would think that some sort of cerebral elevation would have mutated out of the all the permutations of stupid after 500 years, but nope, the West stands coolly still, abiding by its “say yes” principle to racism, sexism and ageism!
So what brought on this acerbic harangue? A recent article written by yet another Western brain washed and tumble dried Asian, lamenting the arduous “Asian” responsibility of compromise that is inherent in ALL social structures …..if only I could get a cent for every one of these lobotomized minions, I’d have enough to purchase a seat next to Bezos on his zoom to moon mission.
Now Caitlin So is an Asian activist and I applaud her for her efforts, yet she’s someone who just doesn’t THINK. Like so many Asian “activists” who end up pillorying us by inadvertently advertising our so called stereotypes as a form of catharsis – a “brave” surrender to the allegiance to truth rather than to tribe, they are wrong. So bloody wrong, it’s not funny.
Caitlin doesn’t take a gargantuan dump on Asian culture per se, she just litters her piece enough to implicate us as the usual stoic, compliant, filial piety above all else creations, not one which I’ve ever personally met in my entire life. Want to claim I simply haven’t met enough Asians? I’m an Asian Australian Gen X’er living in Japan, trust me, I have met enough Asians!
Caitlin’s non story deliberately neglects the notion of a social contract that evolved inorder to ensure that our world would emerge more noble savage than short, brutish and nasty. She manages to turn a perfectly normal, yet far from ideal situation into a cultural conundrum. Am I saying that there’s no responsibility with being the eldest Asian sibling? Hell no, but back up for a sec sellout Su Li, ALL ELDER siblings are expected to be responsible for the younger ones! Is Caitlin only aware of Asian culture or simply a simple girl?
“You’re not a personal babysitter,” read the text from my friend after I told her I wouldn’t be able to meet up. “Tell your parents you don’t exist to serve them and that you have your own sh*t to do.” Taken from the above linked story.
First of all, BOTH of her parents work, probably their asses off, because thanks to the West, OUR ASIAN homelands were:
* drugged up, leading to a revolution to purge the barbarians who had issues with bathing, but none with drugging an ENTIRE NATION – (China)
*bombed to smithereens – (Japan and Korea)
* had an American puppet dictator installed, resulting in a mass “Communist”……commicide? – (Indonesia)
*invaded and whipped into compliance for over 400+ years – (Philippines)
*had everything looted while installing shitty sewage pipes – (India)
* changed into “eco tourism” for folks who are prone to skin cancer after 5 minutes of sun exposure – (Sri Lanka)
*housed with CIA thugs, (then OSS agents) who were spying on China because of uranium deposits, with the fear that Russia would get its paws on the glowing rocks. The CIA infiltrated China right before China’s “invasion” into Tibet. Douglas Mckiernan and Frank Bessac, we know what you spying, lying bastards did, basically screwing up Tibet, promising them “liberation”, while leaving them high and dry when America understood the mountainous pile of coins up for grabs by befriending China – (Tibet)
* attacked by decimating all vegetation through highly toxic chemicals BECAUSE OF A MISTAKEN radar image…*smh, and you think American technology is “advanced” (only if advanced means senile decline) – (Vietnam).
* fractionalised 3 ethnic groups that had historically worked together harmoniously, into a Malaysian elite, Chinese capitalist and Indian labour class. The British touch ensured that these 3 groups turned on each other, with echoes of the discriminatory policies still alive and kicking today – (Malaysia)
* subjected to TED talks, just kidding, I meant NED talks with the unscrupulous US chucking over a $1mil to get the anti China hysteria going, leading to mass disruption of daily life – (Thailand)
If I left out YOUR kinda Asia, apologies, I need to keep this post under a billion examples of Western interventionism….
Sorry, back to Caitlin’s sob non story….
“I have two younger sisters. I’m five years older than my middle sibling, and 13 years older than the youngest. When both my parents are out working, I’m entrusted with the responsibility of taking care of them. Still, that’s a pretty standard job for the oldest sibling. But when you’re the firstborn in an Asian or immigrant family, the line doesn’t stop at merely babysitting.”
Look, I’m not totally devoid of a personality, nor am I ‘frighten small children’ ugly, but in all honesty I didn’t have a million engagements to prioritise before I fossilized. Most people spend an inordinate amount of time marinading in their own farts while watching telly, then occasionally we get a party invite and suddenly it’s “we party all the time” pretentiousness. What am I saying? Caitlin has SELECTIVE AMNESIA, just like the plethora of Asians who pretend we have a cultural imbroglio so mired in “Confucianism”, that we simply have “no choice”.
This is what I abhor, painting us Asians us being inflexible and filled with trepidation. WHO THE HELL is like that? I know ZERO Asian parents who are so belligerent, that they threaten to cut off their kid’s gonads if they want to go shopping for face paint, and I know even fewer Asian kids who fear their parent’s wrath in the way Caitlin alludes. What is she, a foot bounded princess of the Song Dynasty?
Quit the bullshit my fellow Asians, and STOP talking about ourselves through Western lens, and start telling the truth!
As you are trashing your own lineage by remarking on its Svengali inhibitions, you some how managed to have a feel up sesh behind the family couch with that “studious” Andy Wong on a Wednesday, and stole a bag of KitKats for the bulimia party with your White girlfriends on Friday. Anything to fit in right?
Also, care to mention all the times you actually ASKED your parents if you could go out and they said “Sure. Lock the door, dinner will ready for you when you get back. It’s braised chook legs tonight.” Then cough up the TRUTH that it was YOU who wanted to come home early, because who the fuck doesn’t come home for braised chook legs?
Asians on average, are probably one of the easiest going people culturally. We don’t force you to join our brand of heaven, and we certainly don’t expect you to enjoy our montage of hell. Life is YOURS, and while it’s NORMAL for Asian parents to provide structure to one’s life as a child (in like manner of ALL PARENTS) but most will let go when the kid starts menstruating/ shaving and grunting unsavoury sounds at night. My parents were belt buckle strict when I was a little shit, but as soon as I finished highschool and legally became an adult, they said I was now free to screw up my own life in anyway I wish.
I fled to Japan at a time where Australian TV was rampant with stories of Aussie women getting pimped out in Japanese brothels. My mum asked me, are you aware of this and did you sign up for “dancing” jobs? I said no. She said cool, dad and I will visit you when we win the lotto, bon voyage!
When I wanted to marry my toyboy husband, my parents said are you prepared to stand by the punk as he starts from scratch when you are already established? I said yes. They said, good on ya cougar, then told me they will prepare some traditional Chinese bracelets from the culture of old…..later, they couldn’t be assed to get a pair of dragon phoenix bracelets, so they gave rapidly depreciating fiat instead….
One of my English classes is at a pharmaceutical/ nano tech cancer research thingamajig – *read LOADED boss. These parents have only ONE son and his ambition? No, not to take over the fam bizness! He wants to be a dolphin whisperer, entertaining the crowds at antiquated establishments called Aquariums. Yes, this kid wants to professionally gear up in a wet suit with a domesticated Free Willy in tow, crowds applauding him as puts his head into the mouth of the biggest pet fish he’ll ever have. The parents are nonplussed, and cheer him on.
Will Dolphin Boy’s ASIAN STORY receive the acclamation of Caitlin’s? No. Why? Because it doesn’t denigrate our spirit or culture in any way.
Look further than your own ass, or just STOP “helping“!
The problem with the myopic visions of the latest band of Asian “warriors”, is that they are going to a pool party on a full belly – sure they make bubble waves, but none are lauded like a jacuzzi. It feels like they are fighting for us, especially when they marry these heinous articles with strong pieces related to the recent onslaught of violence on Asians, and this is what is truly deleterious.
While yours truly, is never mistaken for a “moderate” (I know my history/economics/ politics far too well to be in that position) the damage that I will do to the Asian community is minimal even if I do occasionally mess up. I’m labelled a “crazy” extremist by many (but never by people who are well versed in history), so people won’t use what I say as evincing a negative stereotype. Caitlin So is different. She comes across as “balanced” and hence her writings will be used as currency to support Western assumptions about us, and what are those? Blind sheeple who can’t live “freely” in their repressive Asian society, and this is all the ammunition the West needs to invade, shackle and Whiteman burden us once more.
Think it’s me who is losing the plot and not Caitlin write-alikes?
Which side of the cultural spectrum has more freedom? A demographic they spends $13bil AUD on educating their kids in a country that until the 1973, had a WHITE’S ONLY POLICY, rounding up their indigenous people like cattle and openly persecuting Asians, or the group that GOES AROUND INVADING AND CULLING EVERY LIVING PULSE so that they can “discover” it, with almost NONE of their offspring daring to study abroad????
Just go and watch a quasi famous Western YouTuber who is pro China. They will always tell you in their “Why I came to China” videos, how “wreckless” and crazy their family thought it was for them to leave their lilly white shores…..
If you don’t think that smacks of restriction and paranoia, you m’dear are a damn hypocrite, always seeing your own magnanimity as parsimony, and viewing the Whiteman’s limitations as divine liberation.
Anyone who knows Caitlin So, please tell her to grow her own brain and REALLY FIGHT FOR US, or just stick to stats where she can’t further corrode the reputation that has already earned us a near two year harassment and death streak…..