Last night I went out with some friends, including one Taiwanese American and one Chinese American friend of mine for a birthday party. During the course of the night, we met a group of white Americans who they all proceeded to chat with. Over the course of the conversation, one of the white guys starts talking to my two Asian American friends and starts the conversation by saying:
White Guy: “So, you guys are Taiwanese?”
AA Friends: “No, we are from America.”
*WG looks at them with a disbelieving smirk*
WG: “I don’t believe you.”
Taiwanese American friend: “Well my parents are from here.”
WG: “But what about you?”
The white guy then proceeded to test them to make them “prove” to him that they were from America. It was absolutely sickening and it went on until I finally cut in:
Me: “Asian Americans exist, you know? They are real and they have agency”
WG: “Not where I’m from in Arizona, they don’t.”
And at that point I just walked away, as the conversation was obviously over.
White people, please stop denying our lived experiences as POC. And please stop trying to make us prove to you:
- That we’re human
- That we’re (insert X nationality here) enough for you
It’s absolutely sickening and just goes to show how racist and fucking ignorant you are.