Those ORIENTAL People!

I was talking to a THAI friend in South Africa today when she mentioned how the cops there will give a foreigner a hard time. A bit of bigotry. They assumed she was Chinese. NOT like there are different countries and cultures in the Far East. I told her that so many Americans are ignorant and stupid about the Eastern countries. FAR East that is. That place that some call, “The Orient” and therefore people THERE are, “Orientals”. I recall how several times I have asked people about THAT place. Where is it? WHO are those people are they Chinese, Vietnamese, Philippines, Thais or ??? I usually get shrugs. I guess it’s like all you white people look the same or all people from African countries are “Africans”. NOT like there  are different countries there.  

I have taken 2 DNA tests to trace my ancestry. BOTH showed my ancestors came out of the continent of Africa. Just like everyone did. 

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October 23, 2020

I thought that part of the world is called “Asia” am I wrong?

October 23, 2020

@jaythesmartone Yes but some now and in the past called it “The Orient”. I was addressing stupidity and bigotry.

October 23, 2020

As another oriental person, I have many unique experience in Texas. Some of my friends in US express their interests in another culture or countries, which sound good. They think that Japanese don’t eat much meat but fish meat or other sea creatures, such as octopus, squids, shells, etc….so I can tell them that is not true at all, and they accept the fact. But, once  they learn that many white people in EU clean calamari, squid, shells, shrimps/scampi, etc..by hands for their meals, the process of their thinking stops…I witnessed this “It does not make any sense…” moment many times. White people here are highly interested in their ancestry, I hope this tendency will help them to open their minds more to see what their ancestors do, eat, wear, think, and normal our activities. I travelled many European countries, but I never expected Hungarian love to use spicy (like Korean hot chili peppers) to their meals…I mean A LOT! It is stunning for me to see the difference and does not give me a slight moment to look down their diet, it was just too spicy to me, that is all.

October 23, 2020

@teteeugene My ex girlfriend was and is Chinese. She had her own food preferences. She came to visit me 2 times. She lives in Denmark. I took her to 2 asian or Chinese groceries and she had fun buying food she liked from back home. I was like, ok not me but eat what you want! So much IS about acceptance of other’s tastes and culture. As long as it is not hurtful to anyone. What I sit here eating NOW is probably an abomination to everyone on the planet 😉

October 23, 2020

@skobru Thank you for your response, Bruno! And, I’m glad to hear that you have a great memory with her. Almost 12 years ago, I drove down to Oxaca state in Mexico to stay there for 3 weeks over the Christmas holidays. A cute girl was smashing an iguana’s head with a wooden stick at her outside kitchen and gave me a generous smile and asked me “this is a wonderful meal for the Christmas dinner, would you like to join?”. I had a plan to leave the town few days, but I still wish I could have the dinner (probably gator’s tail like…or chicken) with her family. One day….

October 23, 2020

@teteeugene Some things…;-)