Eliot Chang runs through a whole slew of things that non-Asian people say to us. For you non-Asian readers, this is 100% accurate. Well, no one’s ever asked about my tits because they are not there. But it’s totally accurate.

There are certainly times when I don’t mind the questions. When a friend genuinely asks something about my background or culture, I take it in that light and try to answer to the best of my ability. But when complete strangers come up to me with these questions, I kind of want to turn it around and ask them some stupid shit to see if I can out stupid them. It’s a fun game.

Anyway, Eliot Chang is a fucking genius and everyone should subscribe to his channel.

  • http://twitter.com/I_Trajan Martin Santangelo

    I’m guilty of a lot of those, but i make a point to ask people I’m already close to, because i know I’ll sound like an ass. I also like to talk about ethnicity/heritage in general, and I’ve learned you should be pretty careful. Protip: Where did you grow up? instead of Where are you from?

  • fireworkcomic.com

    White people questions: “do you have whips in your house?” “does your family shower? REALLY?” “you’re such a typical white person.” “oh, don’t give me your coat. You know, smallpox and everything.”

  • Dragonsword

    if I where drunk enough to ask any of these questions I’d turn it into a lets ask eachother oFFENsive stupid stuff you go first! What about, ‘Do you have irish nipples?’ My turn, Is your family a North Korean refugee family?’

  • FmF

    Kind of remind me of a conversation I was in.This guy asked where this Asian kid family was from and he said china(though he was born in Hawaii) and the other guy responded with konnichiwa the kid responded that’s Japanese and he said I know,I don’t know hello in Chinese and I responded with ni hao.Now i have to go and re watch a song parody I haven’t watch in years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ann.sulaiman.1 Ann Sulaiman

    I’m astounded anyone would be stupid enough to ask such things to anybody. Then again, I’ve heard some idiotic bullshit myself. For the record, during an interview for an internship with a small label, this pretentious, old guy (too much reading, not enough experiencing) outright said:

    “We no longer make our money from music, but from fair trade. We work with developing countries, and you look like you have connections to a developing country.”

    (I’m South Asian.)

  • http://ypcomic.com Jamie Noguchi

    How fucking insulting! And in a freaking interview!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ann.sulaiman.1 Ann Sulaiman

    I was seriously irritated at the time, but now I laugh at it because of his stupidity. (And I’m someone who’s actually so sensitive that she takes things to heart and doesn’t know how to shrug most things off, even.)

    At the same time, that line annoyed me far more than later in the interview, when I expressed my thoughts that the label was about heavy metal music. His response was “But why [do you like that genre]? *laughs* You can get KILLED for that!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/pierski Steven Napierski

    I now feel so bad about commenting on your boobs.

  • http://ypcomic.com Jamie Noguchi