Growing up in the north of England in the 80s, I had few role models. Popular culture was dominated by white faces and occasionally black and south Asian, but never east Asian. I’m not sure that much has changed since.
Shouts of “Jackie Chan!” and kung-fu noises from random strangers continue to greet me in the street, perhaps followed by a “konichiwa!” Just a few days ago, a friend was having a post-hangover drink in a trendy east London pub, only to be accused by the manager of being a DVD peddler hassling his clients.
Very interesting and saddening but not at all surprising. Here in the UK when people say ‘Asian’ they pretty much exclusively mean ‘South Asian’ because that’s who we have most of, and there is definitely a culture here where the kind of jaw-droppingly offensive stereotype-peddling that for example, RIB wouldn’t even give to Sue to make a satirical point, gets bandied about by writers/comedians one normally thinks are alright - Sherlock’s The Blind Banker being a case in point.
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