Am I Asian enough?

So I went to the hospital in Brooklyn, New York Community Hospital to be precise, the other day and I was asked my race. I had been there before but apparently the clerk was thrown off by the word “Asian”. She was like I don’t look Asian and gave me an attitude when she said that. I was taken aback and was like “Sure, I’m Asian.”

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to give her details about my background or a geography lesson. On the other hand the experience resounded with me. So what’s the definition of the word Asian. Dictionary.com defines it as “a native or inhabitant of Asia, or a person of Asian descent.”  The US consensus had the following definition:

Asian

Here is a map of Asia: 

Russia is on the map for Asia and yet I don’t think people from Russia identify themselves as Asian. A lot of Middle Eastern countries are in Asia and yet is it really the Middle East? Like Saudia Arabia,Iraq and Iran….. I have heard Egypt being considered part of the Middle East yet geographically its so apart from the former countries (Saudia Arabia, and Iran) mentioned. In this specific map even Turkey is considered to be Asian even though aren’t they a European country?

So the next question I would ask is would you be offended if someone asked you about you race and thought like in my case that you didn’t look  Asian. Would it bother you if you didn’t fit the norm of what’s Black or White enough? Like is there is a justification needed for where your originally from?

 

Rantsofabrooklynite: is BORN

Hi Everyone! Today is the first day that rantsofabrooklynite is up and running. My Blog will showcase the chronic complainer who lives in Brooklyn. Sarcastic, picky and meticulous to the extreme; daily experiences will be shared here. These are no limits to what the rants will entail. I am the Brooklynite that not only will showcase what complaints ruffle my wings but also showcase things that meet the standards of rantsofabrooklynite and impressed my brain cells to being melted into speechlessness. Fellow ranters are encouraged to leave comments, of course in a respectful manner!

I will have a 20 episode series that will highlight my complaints and or speechlessness. My first episode is about an event that I had gone too. It will be titled Halal Happy Hour?! Yeah Right……

This is the first episode and all my episodes will be done on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. This upcoming week brace yourself and stay tuned.

Yours,

Brooklynite