Asian American Stereotype Essay

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Much through my youth, I was often reluctant to express my Vietnamese culture and background, sometimes to the point of denial. Regardless of adolescent desires to fit in with everyone, I chose to reject my ethnicity because of the stereotypical baggage which inevitably follows, especially prevalent amongst a crowd of uncensored children who have a poor grasp on social boundaries. I didn’t want to be involuntarily defined as a squinty-eyed, shy mathematician with broken English. I desired to be defined according to who I was rather than the societal views of my race.
Asian American stereotypes are showing to be detrimental in contemporary society. To be defined as a hardworking, smart individual at first glance may seem perfectly fine, however,
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The family resides in Orlando, Florida which evidently has a very low Asian population resulting in the family attempting to assimilate into American culture while Louis attempts to fulfill the American dream. Louis owns a Western themed diner while his children are working through elementary and middle school. During the episode, “Breaking Chains”, Evan is preparing to join his older brother, Eddie in middle school, a notably large transition for any child. Eddie provides his sibling with relief as he has prepared a bright future for him by exploiting everyone’s lack of Taiwanese cultural knowledge. Once Evan arrives at school he is “gifted” with a large binder of the numerous lies made by his brother about their culture, going from scheduled nap time during class to getting days off for fictitious “Harvest Day”. Eddie’s fabricated culture begins to clash with Evan’s desires to join clubs and enjoy school which result in Evan renouncing the lies that Eddie told producing some brotherly conflict. While the conflict arises, Eddie recalls of the hardship that he experienced enrolling in school in the middle of the year and how he was subject to racial stereotypes. The conflict is resolved when Emery, the youngest of the bunch, addresses Eddie and explains the importance of …show more content…
From that, he resents all the stereotypes of being an Asian American and acts as the polar opposite of them in an attempt to eventually dismember himself from that identification. From this situation, America serves as a destructive cultural force, making other cultures unpleasant to the point of renunciation as shown from Eddie as well as myself. This type of attacking the stereotypes displays issues with the social system, however, putting the blame on the generalizations tied to the race rather than the system in

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