Mooo Essay

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Asians are all smart, especially in math. Most asians will become doctors because they’re smart. Asians study all the time. Stereotypes are everywhere in this world. Where do they come from? Why do they exist? As an Asian, I’m used to many of these stereotypes because I hear it all the time. Also, in all honesty, some of them describes me. After hearing many of them, I started to think that they are indeed true. However, there are always stereotypes that isn’t appropriate to some people, and my friend Ryan was a perfect example. He is Asian, yet he isn’t exactly the brightest guy, like many Asians are thought of.
It was the last day of school in sixth grade. My friend Ryan and I were sitting in the back of the school bus. Summer was only a few stops away, and we could’ve smelled freedom that was only minutes away. The only thing that we were talking about was about the yearbook as well as what we were going to do for the break. Suddenly, he asked me, “John, how does your report card look?” It surprised me because I thought he didn’t want to talk about school. “It’s alright,” I answered. “A 4.0” “Of course, typical asian.” He responded. By this time, we already knew the stereotype that asians were smart. The weird part, however, was that he was asian too. Curious, I asked, “Same thing with you?” But to my shock, he said not at all. “John,” he told me. “Philippines doesn’t count.” That completely baffled my mind. “What are you talking about?” I asked. “Of course you count, Philippines is in Asia.” But he responded with a lame excuse, “Well yeah, but I’m not a typical asian, like you.” I was still persistent. “Ryan, asian people are asian people. People from the big continent Asia.” Then he said, “Well, I’m not like what most people would think of an asian.” Honestly, I imagined he was talking about his appearance, because I took his comment as most people would think of asian people as Chinese, Korean, or Japanese people. Filipino people are not popular compared to them. Now I got really curious of his grades. “What did you get?” I asked. He barely whispered, “Not that good….” Then he slowly read his grades to me. I was absolutely shocked about what I heard. “Ryan,” I said in shock, “what happened? I thought asians were suppose to get good...

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