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“Of Course You’re Smart! You’re Asian!”

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A stereotypes vs sensitivity comic, titled “Jump Start” by Robb Armstrong

A stereotypes vs sensitivity comic, titled “Jump Start” by Robb Armstrong

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A stereotypes vs sensitivity comic, titled “Jump Start” by Robb Armstrong

Angelyn Celis, Writer

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In today’s day and age nearly everyone has become accustomed to stereotypes. Whether it happens to be a stereotype that is aimed at a specific ethnicity, gender, or an age group varies. Everyone has become attuned to hearing about the most common stereotype- Asians tend to be extremely smart.

Since it’s 2018, practically everything is accepted. Your gender can be defined as an attack helicopter, but Asians will always be seen as the smart kids in class. This constant pressure that is thrown onto Asians can sometimes affect them negatively. Anh Tong is a senior and valedictorian for the class of 2019, and she happens to be Vietnamese.

“Although when I came to here [to the United States], three years ago, I didn’t expect to be high in the reign, but I constantly tried to better myself- for me,” says Anh Tong.

Even though some people are lucky enough to not have to experience severe oppression at a racially diverse school like D.O., some careless comments can affect someone who doesn’t quite live up to their stereotype.

“Sometimes I get comments where people say, ‘You’re smart,’ or ‘You’re good at math,’ but I don’t want people to think I’m smart because I’m Asian,” comments Tong.

Rome Jeong, junior, is Asian as well and she happens to take a lot of complex classes, such as AP Physics and AP Language and Composition.

“I like the challenge, but I don’t want to be seen as the ‘smart Asian girl’- I want to be seen as a smart person because I managed to work hard,” stated Jeong.

A lot of people are affected by their stereotypes, and it’s clear that a lot of them want this to change. Stereotypes can be perceived as a well rounded compliment, but it shouldn’t immediately define someone. 

Jeong ends off with, “I hope one day my race doesn’t affect my worth.”

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Angelyn Celis, Writer

Hi, my name is Angelyn. I’m a junior, and this is my second year doing Journalism. I love dogs and watching Netflix- like any other basic girl on this planet. My interests include baking, cooking, and playing video games. My music taste varies on my mood; sometimes I enjoy music like Juice WRLD, Trippie Redd, Ski Mask The Slump God, and XXXTENTACION, but I also enjoy KPop groups like BLACKPINK and Red Velvet or music like Daniel Caesar, Brent Faiyaz, and Mahalia. I’m pretty shy, but kind nonetheless, yet sometimes people may seem timid to talk to me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I swear though, once people get to know me I’m, hopefully, fun. 

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