We Asians are often stereotyped as shy and afraid to speak our minds. When asked for our opinion in a group setting, many us say nothing. This leads some westerners to believe we don’t have opinions. When we do voice our opinions, we sometimes only say positive things – leading others to think we’re being dishonest.
Obama was evidence that the world was becoming more globalized, or that race was being transcended as a construct. For others, he was evidence that the U.S. presidency had been infiltrated by someone who was an “other.”
What I’ve learned from it is how quickly people want to put each other in easily-categorized boxes. Coming to conclusions is a shorthand that everyone uses, and I think some of the conclusions people jumped to regarding Obama showed how far we still have to go as a nation in terms of accepting interracial relationships and religions other than Christianity.
Ex-girlfriends who suddenly resurface when they find out an ex is in a new relationship. ‘Rivals’ who spread…
Our obsession with white skin comes from how we look at the west. We think they’re superior because they have white skin. But on the other hand people in those countries want a tan. A lot of girls growing up are often told not to play out in the sun because they’ll get darker. You’re restricting your girls from going out and having fun. But this restriction doesn’t apply to boys.
“I want to do something meaningful,” Shreenal says. “The older generation doesn’t understand that. How much do you get paid? Do you get a good salary? Something bigger than that drives our generation. You don’t always get buy-in from your family. You just have to state your own vision for your life. Understand their point of view and do what’s right for you.”
We don’t want the people we love to hurt us. When you’re vulnerable, you’re raw. Sensitive. Open. Bare. It’s terrifying. It scares me every time. But I’d rather give it my all than live in regret. It takes great strength to be vulnerable. It’s not weakness. It’s a conscious choice.
Mother India. Home to the second largest population in the world. But not all Indians live there or are even from there. According to a United Nations report, there are 16 million Indians living abroad. We make up the world’s largest diaspora. Swetha Raj and I sit down for a chat after a 7 month hiatus. She tells me how she wound up in the land down under.
“For what?” Charmaine Yam says. “Reproduction? Death? People who tell me that the clock is ticking are ignorant people. Their priorities are not my priorities. Especially if they don’t know me. Your kids are going to have Down Syndrome if you don’t have kids before you’re 30. Are you feeling the pressure?”
“She was the right person at the right time,” Kunduz says. “But Hillary had a bad campaign. She didn’t get the main idea behind everyone’s concerns in the US.”
An international city with lots of culture. Startups alongside traditional institutions. An education in English. Great student benefits regardless of nationality. Is Berlin the next great destination for higher education?