I was going through my usual readings this morning, and I happened upon this article on, The Economist (Yes, I know what you are thinking). It’s about an Asian guy, specifically a Vietnamese orphan, who was adopted by a German couple. He climbed the ranks (like all the way to being the country’s current Vice-Chancellor) of the German political ladder, and made quite a name for himself in German politics, albeit the Asian face. Recently, with the German elections coming up, a big deal has been made about him being of Asian decent, despite the fact that he seems to be good at what he does(depending on who you are of course). Now, I know a successful Asian politician wouldn’t be a big deal in say China or Japan(funny, haha). But why is it a big deal when an Asian face succeeds else where in venues like politics and sports? Two things I like, by the way, cause politics is a sport and sports is full of politics.
I can remember the hoopla that was had when Yao Ming actually scored in double digits in more than 2-3 games and when Jeremy Lin had his two hours of fame. But hasn’t everyone seen the Chinese basketball in a few of the Olympics and World Championships before? I can also remember when I was in grade school and I made whatever basketball or track team I joined the “international team” because ours would be the only team with an Asian person on it (those were some funny days). But that was here in America, cause we make a big deal about everything.
So, I was surprised to know that it happens elsewhere as well, and in politics nonetheless, cause anyone can be awesome in politics, right? So, what is the big deal? I’ll tell you, NOTHING! Jeremy Lin is American and Philipp Rösler is German, their eyes are just a bit slanted than yours, skin might be a shade paler, and the nose bridge might be, and I say might, cause mine is, a little flatter than yours, but that is about it. I know there are bigger issues around this but seriously, at the end of the day, they are just people achieving in areas that are traditionally not ruled by Asians, like say science or math(funny, haha). And I’m sure the same argument can be made for other races, but I am Asian, so I picked that race. I’m just glad that my kids won’t have to deal with this(cross fingers and yea right). They are half Asian, but they do not look it for the most part, instead they will get to deal with a whole other plethora of issues that comes with being half African-American or worse both, especially, middle baby. Yay.
See, proof: Here is a very Asian and 13-year old me in my high school basketball outfit, what’s so weird about that?
Enjoy your Weekend!