Being Asian...Are Filipinos Even Asian?
Hello! Well, Summer has really become rather humid and moist in Southern California, which means Oboes do not cooperate. I feel like other instruments in the world don't have that much of a problem compared to double reed instruments (don't shoot me if I have offended you), but it's hard. I've had trouble recently with making reeds. I'll talk more about them later...
So, Asians...I am a fellow Asian. There's always this debate whether or not Filipinos are even Asian. I say Filipinos are Asian. We have the ethnic genes of looking like one, but just because we are Islanders does not make us different. I guess that can be the same for other islanders in the Asia Continent, but it's a common debate.
I can honestly say that what goes on with being Asian is sort of hard. Well, it really stresses a lot on the relationship between the guardian and the child. That stereotype of Asian are super smart and perfect, usually comes from the fact that we only do it to appease our parents. At first glance, parents can be really hard and strict, only wanting to produce the child that can bring honor to their family name, but it's mostly to just wanting their children to be able to survive in the real world; making sure that we, the children, don't starve or become homeless. They just want what's best for us, and being strict and perfection is their way of doing so.
From experience, yes that's what I had lived through the past 17 years. I am probably the definition of Asian in my peers eyes: good grades, talented, big family, perfectionist, no emotions, no social life...etc. But, I don't feel perfect. I always believe that people are better than others in certain things, but there will always be someone else who is better than them in other stuff too. So, I am musically talented, so I've been told, and I can do all my scales (the whole major minor melodic harmonic deal) from memory, but I suck at taking tests. I know other people who are pure academic geniuses, but do the most stupidest things like drugs and alcohol. I just thank my mom for pushing me to be a hardworker cause then I wouldn't be able to get good grades.
So, all I can say as a stereotypical Asian is that I'm not all that perfect. Sometimes I have emotional breakdowns because school stresses me out or people stress me out. Yes, I can be really good at one thing, but there are other things I know that people can do better than me. Sometimes my parents can be really goofy and caring, other times they can be super strict and bring the whooping stick for me and my brother's butts. Yes, I am Asian, but my family and I have adapted to the western culture, and we're living the American Dream.