I’m not your Asian sidekick.
I’m not your fetish.
I’m not your model minority.
I’m sick of having white people tell our narratives in the media. I’m sick of scanning through ads and posts and only seeing a sea of pale white faces. Who the hell thought it was a good idea to have Matt Damon star in a movie about The Great Wall of China? Stop perpetuating the idea that only a white man can save the world. We don’t need your whitewashing, we don’t need your skin to sell our stories. Why would a gweilo be fighting monsters in the Song Dynasty anyway?
I can remember so vividly looking for a face like mine on the TV, in toys, cartoons and finding none.
Years later, now, I still try to find what’s relatable to my image and am fall short. Strangely enough, whiteness is malleable, that reliability is more sound– but the slightest difference for a POC is loud.
That doesn’t look like you at all, are you kidding?
A white man can throw on a mask and be whatever he wants. An Asian man throws on a cape, a blue shirt with a big “S” and is Asian Superman. Why is it that white people can be whoever they wish, but for POC we can only be imitations?
I’m sick of Asians being sidekicks, minor characters, background, accessories.
We won’t be your Kato anymore. We won’t humor you with fake accents and play the joke of a Long Duk Dong.
Cast more Asians as leads.
Let us tell our own stories.
Let us be sexual beings.
Stop hiding who we really are with stereotypes.
We need more Asian heroes and heroines. Not your model minority bullshit that you love to perpetuate. We need the bad bitch Asians, the artists. We need change.