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I May Turn Into the Incredible Hulk the Next Time Someone Asks Me...

The one question that people ask me that makes me want to give them a knuckle sandwich is "What are you?"

Several answers I give to people because I am so annoyed are:
Human.
American.
What do you mean?
Usually, I say these things in a British accent, which then thoroughly confuses them.
Or, I just give them a blank stare to make them feel retarded.

I think I am now okay with the comment "You look exotic," because from what I've heard, "exotic" usually equals "hot." But, I used to say "Yeah, I'm about as exotic as Coca-Cola." Which is the most American thing I could think of at the time.

Another comment that irritates me are "Wow, you have such a natural tan." Except for the part that I am pasty white in the winter, and I just happen to have been given the genes that allow me to tan well. So my flip flop tan line on my foot, which CLEARLY shows a distinct pasty white line where the sun did not hit it, is invisible to them?! My tan is NOT natural!! ARGH!!

People from Asia will come up to me and ask me things in their native language, which I don't understand. When I say "What?" or "I'm sorry, what did you say?" in a perfect American accent, they look at me like I just sprouted devil horns or something. Excuse me for not being from Asia!

So I have dark hair. Big freaking deal. Now I'm automatically from Asia. Some white girls have dark hair, as so do many other people from wherever else. By the way, my hair is NOT black, it is dark brown, get it right. I feel like I need to dye my hair blonde to get people to stop assuming I'm from Asia.

I am a thin girl. Not anorexic, just thin. Then people think I'm again, from Asia, because apparently all American girls are either anorexic or morbidly overweight. NOT TRUE! Some American girls are thin and healthy! Hello!

The fact that I don't have the stereotypical small, slanted upward, Asian eyes makes me wonder why the crap people always assume I am from Asia.

My ethnicity does NOT define me! Why can't people get their heads out of their butts and realize that the things I do are what define me! And lastly, who gives a crap?!

dramaqueen82 dramaqueen82 26-30 3 Responses Sep 9, 2008

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Cosmicsoul - It's OK. I don't mind people venting. I do it quite often, especially on Experience Project. ;) Which is why I love this site! I would rather people describe me by my hair color, how tall I am, what I am wearing, not by race. So, thanks for your comment! :)

Oh my gosh, I could so relate. I hate people doing that. I get labelled everything. You wouldn't believe the things I have to deal with. When I feel like it, I lie. I tell them I'm Maori or Inuit, or Kahzikistan (people that most people aren't familiar with). I am an individual and wish to be look at that way. Why are people so obnoxious about race? I think most people just like to put people in boxes. I've get called exotic all the time which I take as a compliment. I wish people could just read up on different cultures and see the differences and appreciate it. Dealing with people has made me so anxious, always critiquing me, my features, race, argh!!! Sorry, I had to vent.

ah peoples prejudice...sad