A new web series is shedding light on all the stereotypes and racism Asians deal with on a daily basis.
Created by New York comedy duo SJ & Ginny, ‚ÄúQuiet Tiny Asian‚ÄĚ follows SJ Son as she teaches her three-year-old niece what it‚Äôs like growing up as an Asian woman in America.
‚ÄúBeing a Quiet Tiny Asian has never been easier, thanks to these 5 easy lessons,‚ÄĚ the video‚Äôs description sarcastically reads. ‚ÄúJoin QTA as she teaches her baby niece (and you!) how to successfully be Asian in America. And if you mess up, don't worry, people will be sure to correct you!‚ÄĚ
Using humour, each episode of the five-part series tackles the common assumptions people have of Asians, including appearance, language and personality.
Son‚Äôs first lesson, for instance, is that ‚Äúpeople see you in a very specific way.‚ÄĚ Not only do they categorize Asians as quiet and stealthy ‚Äď ‚Äúlike a ninja,‚ÄĚ one woman says in the clip ‚Äď but also as having a very traditional appearance (read: ‚Äúslanted‚ÄĚ eyes, pale skin, hair in a bun and so on).
As the series unfolds, it also tackles the common assumptions that all Asians know each other, that Asians are fetishized in relationships, and that Asian problems are insignificant (ie. you can‚Äôt complain about period cramps because Asians have ‚Äúthe lightest periods‚ÄĚ).
Son told Kollab New York that she wrote the series to not only reflect her own experience as an Asian-American woman, but to reveal how racism can be so casual.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs amazing and sad to me that Americans ‚ÄĒ of all colours ‚ÄĒ today still insist that Asians, and I focus on my east Asian experience, that we are not, cannot be American,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúWe are exotic, alien, other, and if you forget, don‚Äôt worry we‚Äôll let you know. This sentiment dates back to the first Asians from the ‚ÄėOrient‚Äô coming to the U.S. in the mid-18th century and it is still with us today in 2017.‚ÄĚ
Son added that the series is ‚Äútruthful, scary and a call to action.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIf you laugh at it for the wrong reasons, I‚Äôll kill you,‚ÄĚ she joked.