Wednesday, March 18, 2015

If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say

Living in Korea and being a "minority" has taught me a lot about how it feels to be lumped together with a large group of people: it feels terrible.


And because I find these videos hilarious, here's some more:

And another...

Bwah ha ha! 
Day made.

I think switching roles and considering things from another point-of-view is so important. In fact, it may be one of the most important things we can ever do. Seeing things this way teaches us empathy. It forces us out of a place where we know the rules, into one where the comment we just made was actually hurtful.

And it's not worth fighting over whether or not something should be hurtful. If it hurts, it hurts. And arguing with a person about why their feelings should NOT be hurt, doesn't make the pain go away. It only emphasizes the problem by drawing attention to the fact that they will not be heard.

Korea has helped us to tear down certain stereotypes we've had about Asian culture. And on a daily basis, I'm re-aligned more toward the center. One Korean person works 60-hour weeks. One Korean person sets boundaries and values time at home with their family. I can no longer make jokes about how EVERYONE in KOREA is a workaholic because it just isn't true. 

Listening matters.
Empathy matters.
Even when it's hard.
Even when I'm proven wrong.

It matters.