Friday, March 24, 2006

Bigot




I overheard a racist story today.
A man has a house to sell. He sells his house to a Hmong family.

[Hmong (hmông)n. pl. Hmong or Hmongs In both senses also called Miao.
A member of a people inhabiting the mountainous regions of southern China and adjacent areas of Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.]

A person living in the neighborhood seeks out ex-house-owner to yell at him for selling the house to Hmongs. (!BASTARD!) Ex-house-owner tells him if that's how he feels he should have bought it himself; then did whatever he wanted with it.
The nerve of some people!

We have a high Hmong poulation here. Many are my neighbors. Let's see what I have observed personally:
1) The children occupy themselves. There are not 100 toys strewn across the lawn. They stay on their own property (unlike the blond-haired blue-eyed white monsters that vandalize yards on a regular basis).
2) Families spend a lot of time together. On their holidays they dress in vividly coloured costumes.
3) Many people live in one house together. I have never witnessed the type of domestic disturbance where police are called to break it up (unlike the 20something white couples in the neighborhood).
4) They grow beautiful produce.
5) I once saw two young newlyweds going to their car when the husband runs up behind his wife & pinches her bum. (Ok, so I'm a bit of a voyeur...it was cute!)
6) They buy gigantic bags of rice & bottled water a lot.
7) Their Toyotas last & last & last...

I could keep going, but I think I'll stop there. They sound like really horrible people, don't they? This is a small town. Would you believe they sometimes get shot at(!) & people set fire to their homes(!)?

The house in the photo above is across the street from our shoppe. Hmongs live there; & I hope they never move.


4 Responses to “Bigot”

Real said...

Wow, beutiful cake.
I am not racist, and in fact am very respectifull of asian language and culture, however, I have an asian customer and it drives me crazy every time he adds about 3 e's to the end of my name which does not in any way end in an e.

kiki said...

i pretty much live in 'little saigon' - the name of the strip where there are about 90 Vietnamese restaraunts - nobody gets trouble from asians in this country

but we're all awesome

Polyman2 said...

I'm in NY, the melting pot of the world- we still have much to learn from other cultures.
I find that if we show respect to others most of of the time we get it back.

jin said...

itsreallysmall:
Thank you for the compliment. It means a lot to me. :-)

kiki:
Yes, I hear you're all awesome down there.
How does the new advert go? A girl in a bikini on the beach saying, "So where the bloody hell are you?" I hear they banned it in England.

poly:
I do agree. Respect of other cultures is very important.
Very interesting profile photo...looks like a character out of a Wagner opera. Am I close?