Teneda (teneda) wrote,
Teneda
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...or am I the only one who didn't get the memo/doesn't care?

See, I got called on it this morning at briefing in front of the entire shift. All of them looking, staring, smiling, and congratulating me on adding to the diversity of the workforce. Which (btw) now has a total of four minorities to a workforce of 103. Two "Asian Pacific American"s, a guy who kinda looks hispanic (not sure, he might be a WASP, so that would cut us down to *gasp* only three racial minorities on staff), and one black guy.

I laughed it off. I nipped it in the bud (mostly 'cause I hate being in the spotlight) by telling them, "No, I'm not Asian, I gave up my Asian card when I couldn't do AP calculus." Everybody had a laugh, the lights were off, (of me, at least) and I was out of there.

Honestly, what can I say? "Hey, you're welcome for Pasta, Italy?" Or maybe "Enjoy the printing press westerners?" Oh, I know, how about "Good job with gunpowder, assholes?"

While I am very glad that this keeps us away from being called "Asian Month" by those with tongue firmly in cheek, I'm just glad there are no Russians or Indians/Pakistanis trying to get in on this. We gave you gunpowder, so that you could wage wars. They gave you...Ghandi? We introduced you to Bruce Lee and Kung-fu. They gave you...Dev Patel and Slumdog Millionaire? We built the Great Wall, they...left...the...Ganges...river...alone?

OK, I'm stopping now, before this gets silly.

But if anyone in western society wants to honor us "Asian Pacific Americans," All they have to do can be summed up in what my grandfather and great-grandfather have wanted/asked for years.


Seriously, leave the tofu alone
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