Growing up half Korean makes life a little spicy, especially when you are (mostly) raised in a city where over 90% of the population is Caucasian/White. I have plenty of stories, and maybe I’ll share some at a later date. But I did want to point out an article published by NPR on the questions people get asked about their race. It totally resonated with me and some of my experiences. Here’s a taste of some of the interactions I have had:
- “You’re Korean? Do you eat dog?”
- People putting their hands together and bowing at me, speaking Chinese.
- “So, what are you?”
The list goes on. BUT…I do want to say that I love having conversations with people who are curious and want to learn more about who I am and where I came from. While many people may not have the best approach, it often leads to some great conversations.
So if you are curious, just ask. I mean, there are “appropriate” ways to start that conversation, and some are…well…less intriguing. But I will still have it with you. I just may share some alternative ways to ask. 🙂
On a lighter (and funnier) note, life can often look like this: