I am a second-generation Asian-American. That might seem weird to you, however, because I’m also white.
Both of my parents grew up in Japan, speak fluent Japanese, and didn’t move to America until they were adults. In many important ways they are far more Japanese than they are American.
The ramifications of this on my own upbringing were not something I fully understood until I was an adult. After all, no one thinks their home-life is that different than anyone else’s.
Race is a Myth (That Needs to Die)
The concept of a “Race” is a myth — and a particularly stupid one. I mean this literally. When we say “race”, what we mean is that something about the way a person LOOKS is connected to their personality.
That’s all bullshit.
Modern genetic research has completely killed off the pseudoscience of “race”. Biological races do not exist.
Not Split, Blended
Similar to most people whose parents weren’t raised here, I feel culturally connected to Japan and yet also feel totally American.
That is one of the interesting characteristics of second-generation people: we aren’t “split” between two cultures, we’re blended together in a way that isn’t separable. My version is just less common.
Some Funny Consequences:
- My “comfort food” is Japanese, not mac and cheese.
I don’t like white potatoes, probably because I always ate rice instead.
I prefer my fish raw.
I couldn’t tie my shoes until I was 8 years old because when you have to take your shoes off every time you go inside the house you tend to wear lace-free shoes. This is part of the reason I prefer Cowboy boots!
Until I was older I didn’t know the English words for a lot of things. And I still find it weird to use English equivalents like “flip flops”, “chop sticks”, and “soy sauce”.
When my dad talks in his sleep… it’s in Japanese.
My mom mispronounces a wide assortment of English words because she only ever read them — until she was older and finally heard them.
We’re all different. Thank God. Imagine how boring it would be if we weren’t!
Now go lift something heavy,
- While there is no GENETIC impact on your personality via how you look, there are certainly feedback loops that can. For instance, if you are very obese, people will treat you differently than if you are very skinny. And the way others treat you starts to impact the way you view yourself. And that obviously impacts your personality. But that isn’t CAUSED by your looks, it’s caused by other peoples REACTIONS to how you look! Totally different. ↩