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Funniest things you get asked about Japan
[quote name='hapacheese' date='02 September 2009 - 01:46 PM' timestamp='1251913596' post='222302']

While not specifically because I'm half-Japanese, when people used to find out that I did martial arts, I would constantly get guys asking me, "Well, what would you do if I did this??" and they would pretend to throw a punch. I would usually do nothing and just give them a pitiful look, but one day I got sick of it and right as the guy wound up to throw a fake punch, I slapped him. He looked rather shocked, so I said, "Well, you asked me what I'd do. That was it." I don't think he enjoyed it as much as I did <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />

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Hahahaha. I lol'ed.
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I also have had people say derogatory remarks about asians right to my face because they did not know I was mixed. I sometimes feel like I am walking around in a "white"disguise that I can't take off.
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That must suck. I feel the same way when people don't realize I'm Jewish and are like, making extremely offensive Holocaust jokes. It's happened a few times.

Also, when I'm in Japan when I'm speaking English, people always assume I can't speak Japanese. They'll talk about me loudly without thinking I can understand, but it usually doesn't bother me too much. Usually, they're saying something nice about me anyway, they generally like haafus (or at least in my experience). I just get a lot of idiot guys who try to speak English to me, or will recite the little English they know around me to see my reaction ("Shall we dance!?"). There were only a few instances where people were saying things that weren't particularly mean, but just a little awkward. One time, when my friend and I were hanging out in Shibuya and some guys tried to nampa us. We told them we didn't speak English, and so they tried to make conversation in this horrible broken English for a few sentences. They gave up, and as they were walking away, they loudly started talking about how that was a waste of time haha.
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[quote name='ninjew' date='02 September 2009 - 09:50 PM' timestamp='1251953435' post='222352']

That must suck. I feel the same way when people don't realize I'm Jewish and are like, making extremely offensive Holocaust jokes. It's happened a few times.

Also, when I'm in Japan when I'm speaking English, people always assume I can't speak Japanese. They'll talk about me loudly without thinking I can understand, but it usually doesn't bother me too much. Usually, they're saying something nice about me anyway, they generally like haafus (or at least in my experience). I just get a lot of idiot guys who try to speak English to me, or will recite the little English they know around me to see my reaction ("Shall we dance!?"). There were only a few instances where people were saying things that weren't particularly mean, but just a little awkward. One time, when my friend and I were hanging out in Shibuya and some guys tried to nampa us. We told them we didn't speak English, and so they tried to make conversation in this horrible broken English for a few sentences. They gave up, and as they were walking away, they loudly started talking about how that was a waste of time haha.

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You know, it does suck but I guess I would rather know what kind of person they are so if they want to speak in a manner that makes them look ignorant I won't stop them but if they attack someone that is unable to fight back they may get a nice tolerance lesson that they will not soon forget. Although, sometimes they are not even worth my breath.



On the flip side I usually get totally ignored by the asians I come across, I guess I am not included in that club.



I think you have some ammunition being able to speak/understand Japanese and English, it is having a hidden talent that they don't know you have.
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Yeah, even when people know I'm Asian they say racist things. I usually just let it slide by, especially since there's no use in saying anything. If I actually said anything, everyone would probably tell me I was overreacting. I've literally had people say something extremely nasty about Asians, and then be like "Don't worry! You're a hot Asian!" I honestly don't even know how that's comforting...
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[quote name='ninjew' date='02 September 2009 - 10:23 PM' timestamp='1251955411' post='222356']

Yeah, even when people know I'm Asian they say racist things. I usually just let it slide by, especially since there's no use in saying anything. If I actually said anything, everyone would probably tell me I was overreacting. I've literally had people say something extremely nasty about Asians, and then be like "Don't worry! You're a hot Asian!" I honestly don't even know how that's comforting...

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Right, was does that even mean, people don't know when they open there mouths they should at least attempt to not verbally vomit on you.
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It's that way with any stereotyping. People will justify it in whatever way they want. Like the word "gay" as a substitute for lame, stupid, whatever. People will make the argument that in modern slang, it's interchangeable and that somehow makes it okay. If you were to replace that word with any racial slander, people would have quite a different reaction.



Heh... Speaking of being a stealth Asian, one time in the taxi on the way to the airport, the taxi driver started talking to me. He called me an American brother (and mentioned that I was "one of the few left") and how I would understand. He started going off about how minorities are taking over and that we American brothers need to stick together. I just nodded and smiled and got the f out of there as fast as I could.
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Is America not based on immigration?

I dunno what's wrong with people.
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There are a lot of people who think that their ancestors were here *first* (as in they are the original, true "Americans") so they have a right to America more than others. Nevermind the fact that large parts of America were built by immigrants (Transcontinental Railroad being built by Chinese immigrants, entire parts of New York being built by various European immigrants, etc). It's ridiculous.
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You mean native Americans?
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Heh... you would think, ne. But nope. Usually white folk. Americans really, REALLY need to study history a little more.



But for the most part, people are fairly tolerant, at least on the surface. Can't change the way people think, but you can at least change the way they act. To be honest, and I've said this before here, I've encountered more racism in London than anywhere else I've been in the world. Still love the place, though. Awesome city <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
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Coincidentally, friend of mine forwarded this blog post to me. Seemed relevant to the discussion:



http://www.angryasianman.com/2009/09/on-...youve.html
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I really think that we halvsies who happen to lean way more to one side seem to experience a lot of racism that isn't directed at them.... myself included!!
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Now Ken, why on earth would you want to bring up our sister Irene at a time like this? <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/satisfied.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Confusedat:' />
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Heh, was at a wine bar last night with a few Japanese friends. We were all speaking Japanese when this older guy at the bar by himself (probably in his late 50s) turns to me and says, "Did you used to live in Japan?"



I answered, "Well, I never really lived there, but I'm half-Japanese."



He said, "Oh, I could tell that much, but I was just wondering why you spoke it so well. I don't speak the language, but I'm familiar enough with it to know you sound pretty native."



I explained how I used to go to Japan a lot, how I work for a Japanese company, etc. He seemed eager to share his stories about his love for Japan, etc. Funny old guy, if a bit on the weird side. We toasted, had a drink with him, then went back to our own business.



As the bar was closing, we all went outside and saw the guy standing outside his car as it was warming up. A classic Ferrari Testarossa. He told me to go ahead and sit inside and get a feel for it. So we all took turns sitting in his car taking pictures. I'll post 'em as soon as my friend forwards them to me. Heh.
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^lucky!! I hope cool things like that can happen as a result of being haafu to me one day <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />
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Though not quite related to this thread, earlier in the night, we actually went to the A's vs Mariners game and sat right next to Right Field (to see Ichiro play - a friend was visiting from Japan). Turns out we were sitting next to this old guy from Okinawa that was visiting to watch Ichiro play a few games. He had a huge Ichiro sign and got up and did a dance every time Ichiro was at bat or made a play. Apparently our group was on Japanese TV because they zoomed in on this old dude (not sure if I was shown on TV because I was at the other end of the group). The old guy was so awesome that we had people coming down to meet him and take pictures with him. There was a little hapa kid sitting next to him and he gave the kid a bunch of Ichiro schwag. A good time was had by all. Old dude even told us, "This is a great country!" hahaha
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[quote name='hapacheese' date='05 September 2009 - 04:39 PM' timestamp='1252193940' post='222516']

Though not quite related to this thread, earlier in the night, we actually went to the A's vs Mariners game and sat right next to Right Field (to see Ichiro play - a friend was visiting from Japan). Turns out we were sitting next to this old guy from Okinawa that was visiting to watch Ichiro play a few games. He had a huge Ichiro sign and got up and did a dance every time Ichiro was at bat or made a play. Apparently our group was on Japanese TV because they zoomed in on this old dude (not sure if I was shown on TV because I was at the other end of the group). The old guy was so awesome that we had people coming down to meet him and take pictures with him. There was a little hapa kid sitting next to him and he gave the kid a bunch of Ichiro schwag. A good time was had by all. Old dude even told us, "This is a great country!" hahaha

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You have some quirky and interesting things that happen to you. Sounds like fun.
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@Hapacheese... did it take u 2 hours to go and another to get back?>.. I remember u were a bit skeptical about it <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' />

anyway.. I m glad u had fun!! was that guy like all alone?!!!
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rawr.



Here's the pic of the Ferrari... with me trying my best to look all hard and stuff, but cracking a smile because I'm about to start laughing at how much of a douchebag I probably look like.



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@maeku: Oh, actually we ended up trying a "longer" way around the bay that ended up taking no time at all. And by the time the game ended, traffic had already died down (but it was still busy going the other way). We got really lucky that night.
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