10 Things Not to Say to an Asian


  1. Do your parents speak English? No, they kind of wave their arms around and point at things while grunting.
  2. So do you like eat rice every day? So do you like eat fat every day?
  3. When did you come to this country? How do you know I wasn’t born here?
  4. Do you eat Asian food? While assuming we eat every type of Asian food you can think of IS annoying… also asking us obvious questions such as this one is pretty lame as well.
  5. Is that your dad? (points at random Asian man) No, is that your dad? (points at the first person he sees… man or woman.)
  6. Do you celebrate Chinese New Year’s? Do I look Chinese? Wait… don’t answer that. I SAID DON’T ANSWER THAT!
  7. Could you suggest a good Asian restaurant to go to? Sure, try The Drunken Chinese Chopstick Eating Dragon Wonton. I hear it is excellent!
  8. Go back to your country! If I did that who would do your math homework?
  9. What is the easiest Asian language to take for college credit… I just want to pass! Chinese is so easy and takes little effort. Go and be a star!
  10. Can you show me real quick how to use these chopsticks? How about I show you how to use a fork instead… deal?

204 thoughts on “10 Things Not to Say to an Asian

  1. XD LOL This is the best…
    But you know the worst part about being Korean is never the ignorant questions any other race asks me….. It’s old Korean men and women who start talking to me in Korean, and when I wave my hands and say, “Hangul malo” they just shake their heads and look at me like I’ve killed their firstborn.

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  3. #1, 3, 4, 9. These are good comebacks! I can imagine how annoying it could be to have people immediately make 15 different assumptions about you at first sight. :(

    People often think I’m Russian on sight, when I’m actually Ukrainian. With all the monstrosities going on in Ukraine because of Russia (Maidan, the separatists, our half-island of Crimea being annexed by Russian troops, etc.), it makes me really mad, even though technically anyone could make a mistake in interpreting one’s looks into race. Could you suggest some smart-ass reply to “Are you Russian?” Please?

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  4. Point no. 6 modified – My Japanese friend was told he looked like Bruce Lee. ???
    Point no. 1 modified – I get this when I travel to Australia & England. “You speak good English”. Erm thanks but are you implying Asians cannot speak English fluently? Or do you think Asians consist of only Chinese and Indians?

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  5. We have a huge Asian community in Leith, outside Edinburgh, Scotland. I was in a grocer’s once when a guy asked the Asian owner the best Indian restaurant in the area. He replied, in broader Scots than I could manage, “I wouldnae ken pal. I canna stand thon curry stuff. Gie me a steak pie any day.”

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