Unfortunately, these stereotypes too often fall under the popular radar and aren’t discussed or acknowledged as much as they should be. I’d like to examine three of the most pervasive Asian stereotypes — the Media Action Network for Asian Americans’ website, MANAA.org, has an amazing breakdown of the negative Asian stereotypes we see so often in mainstream media.
Instead, I’m approached by people who assume that I’m either an immigrant restaurant worker (we’ll get to stereotypical Asian occupations in a bit) or an international student at the local university — two things that place an immigrant or foreign identity on me, even though I’m an American citizen and have been living in the US my entire life.
My elementary school classmates all thought I could do kung-fu.
“For decades, Americans have viewed Asian immigrants as ‘taking’ from this country without giving anything back.
This perception was reinforced by early laws making it difficult for Asians to immigrate and impossible for them to become naturalized citizens.
An elderly Russian man who adopted Ice Bear (before he met Grizzly and Panda) when he was younger.