i suppose one of the reasons why i love the 'Average Asian' skits from MadTV is simply because, while somewhat exaggerated, i've lived through so many of the above stereotypes! and i find it healthy to have a good laugh at them… not to condone the stereotypes but of how foolish it makes those that are doing the stereotyping makes themselves out to be!
about a couple of years ago, we were invited to a thunder bay wedding (a cousin of doug's).
i happened to open a page from her wedding invite package that said, "china." i assumed, at first glance, it was a list for her wedding registry. i mean… china… it's got to be about plates and serving dishes, right?
when it came time to pick out the wedding gift, i realized then, that 'china' was a subcategory for costumes at a nearby rental place in thunder bay. the wedding was themed to be a halloween event. (doug's cousin was a huge fan of halloween!)
under the category of 'china' were the following:
china girl? what the hell does a china girl look like? and geisha and ninja? wtf!? i read this out loud in front of my friends… they were on the ground laughing so hard they were almost crying! the costume rental place was so politically incorrect that this was actually hysterical!
a part of me wanted to fax that list back to the rental place to correct them. another part of me didn't feel like fighting that one, particular battle. i suppose one could argue that it was more ignorance then anything else, but it's both funny and annoying at the same time.