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Obama is not Asian

Before you call me master of the obvious, let me just point you to California Rep. Mike Honda who said that Obama is America’s first Asian-American president. First, let me disclose that I consider myself a Republican. However, I am voting for Obama in 2012. Take away what you will.
It’s not that I don’t wish Obama was Asian (that would be excellent!). In fact..

Pretend I'm Steve Martin in The Jerk... except with longer hair.

The Asian Jerk. That’s me.

During my last summer in college, I interned at a marketing agency in San Francisco. Oddly, despite being in San Francisco, this marketing agency only had one other Asian working there (I know… seriously?). One day, during a company party, everyone had gathered on two long picnic tables outside. Enjoying my new found co-workers, I happened to look over at the other picnic table and saw the other Asian there. I thought to myself, “Ha, that looks funny… that single Asian girl sitting amongst all those white people.”

What’s with a schmasian?

Apparently I’ve been “Asian-American” all my life. But nobody told me. Having moved from Hawaii to the East Coast, I’m suddenly the minority in a country I thought I knew well. Sound odd? Trust me, it feel slightly odd.  It’s as if they switched all the characters during intermission in this play called my life.  The […]