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What Kind of Asian Are You?

This short video satirizes the way we sometimes rely on stereotypes about race, ethnicity, and nationality to make assumptions about each other.
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English — US


  • Social Studies
  • Culture & Identity

What Kind of Asian Are You?

Hi, there.


Nice day, huh?

Yeah. Finally, right?

Where are you from? Your English is perfect.

San Diego. We speak English there.

Oh, no. Where are you from?

Well, I was born in Orange County. But I never actually lived there.

I mean, before that.

Before I was born?

Yeah. Like where are your people from?

Well, my great grandma was from Seoul.

Korean. I knew it. I was like, she's either Japanese or Korean. But I was leaning more towards Korean.



There's a really good teriyaki barbecue place near my apartment. So I actually really like kimchi.

Cool. What about you? Where are you from?

San Francisco.

But where are you from?

Oh, I'm just American.

Really? You're Native American?

No. Just regular American. Oh, well, I guess my grandparents are from England.

Oh, well, 'ello, governor. What's all this, then? Top of the morning to you. Lets get a spot o' tea, spot o' tea. Double, double, toil and trouble. Mind the gap! Beware Jack the Ripper. Bloody hell. Pip pip. Cheerio. I think your people's fish and chips are amazing.

You're weird.

Really? I'm weird? Must be a Korean thing.

Fish and chips. Pheasants. Clotted cream. Bangers and mash. Guinness. Ploughman's lunch. A spot o' tea. A pint of ale.

What Kind of Asian Are You?

Ken Tanaka

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