You probably heard at least one or more Asian stereotypes, right? This also involves different stereotypes that feature any race and ethnicity involving their looks, culture, and background.
Let me give you some examples that I hear the most (and don’t take offence to them): “all Asians eat dogs”, “all black people like fried chicken” and “all white people are dumb”. I mean, cmon it’s the 21st century! People are still being racist until this day.
People like to stereotype races/ethnicity such as Asians, Blacks, Whites but I’m here to debunk the Asian stereotypes based on my own experiences growing up in the Asian household. I’m a full Vietnamese as both my parents are Vietnamese but I’m born in Australia.
In this post, I’ll be debunking the few Asian stereotypes myths.
So grab your mug of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it!
The first Asian stereotypes that I get most often is…
Are all Asians smart?
No. Not ALL Asians are smart but a high majority of them are. I say this because I’m not smart myself nor is my family or my relatives. The average grades I received back in primary and secondary school was C’s and B’s and my ATAR score was low.
However, I know that my Asian friends and my old classmates excelled high in their grades at school. I think it all depends on how your parents raised you or your intelligence or the hard work you put into your studies (unlike me with ADHD).
Do Asian parents punish you with a broom (or any household items) when you were little?
Yes. Throughout my whole entire childhood, I would get into a brawl with my brother and every time we ended up fighting, my mum would threaten us to break it up and if we didn’t, she would use the broom or the metal part of the feather duster to beat us on the back of our bottom. The same thing if we disobey our parents or get in any type of trouble.
Are Asian parents strict?
For me, mine was not as strict but still strict overall. So I say yes. My mum would always compare me with my brother or cousins (roll eyes). Mostly she would compare me with my cousin who is 1 year older than me.
Both my parents were overprotective of us during our childhood but as I’m older now, they’re chill with pretty much anything. Sike! Did I say chill about “everything”? Because I know that whenever I go out, my mum still asks questions on who I go out with and if it’s a boy I’m hanging out with. Which leads to a whole new conversation.
Are All Asians Chinese?
No, no, NO! If you’re aware to not notice that not ALL Asians are all Chinese. There are groups of different Asians.
- East Asians are from Japan, China, Mongolia, Taiwan, North, and South Korea.
- Then there are South Asians who are from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
- Southeast Asians are from Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, East Timor, and Brunei. I’m a Southeast Asian.
- Central Asians are from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
- Lastly, West Asians are from Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Yemen.
Well, now that you learned that there are more than just Chinese living in your area, please note that even though we might look the same, we’re actually different.
Do Asian parents pressure their child to do high-paying jobs?
What I mean by “high-paying jobs” are the jobs like being a doctor, lawyer, engineer, dentist, university professor etc. For me, that is a no but I know a high majority of Asians who are pressured into these jobs by their parents. My parents are very supportive of me for doing a job that I want to do as long as I earn good money.
I wanted to become a psychologist, therapist or a counsellor so I decided to pursue the Psychology major. However, my mum wasn’t really thrilled with that choice as she thinks that doing a business major will be better.
I could say that since there are lots of jobs that need a business bachelor but I feel like, I rather live a life working somewhere that I am happy and will earn a comfortable income than be unhappy working at a job with a high income. But now, she accepts it as long as I’m doing something with my life.
There are many reasons why Asian parents want you to work at a high paying job. It’s to brag about their child, playing the “safe route”, peer pressure from society, they don’t want their child to suffer the same experience as their (parents’) childhood or thinking that more money equals a better life.
Based on my experiences living in an Asian household, I could say that I am very lucky and grateful to have my parents.
A high majority of Asians I know lives in a very strict lifestyle based on their parent’s expectations and all I could tell you is, not all Asians are the same or lived the same lifestyle as what these stereotypes say.
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