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Monday, January 10, 2011

Strange but True Stories

This strip was based (mostly) on a recent experience. I was in a pizza shop with my son and there was a kid there with his dad. As we're figuring our what we wanted the kid walks right up to me and asks, "Are you Japanese American or Chinese American?" I was stunned. Not offended or anything, just completely caught by surprise. His dad was mortified. I was thrilled that the kid tacked on the "American" part. Then he said something that totally wasn't Japanese and told me it meant something like "Good morning." I politely thanked him and said "Good Morning" back is English so as not to make him feel bad.

And of course I got a kick out of the fact that I was in a pizza joint owned by a Greek guy that was right next door to a Japanese restaurant when this happened.

4 comments:

  1. lol awesome. and i totally use ong bad as a verb too!

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  2. I'm curious as to why you didn't feel the need to correct him.

    Personally, I'd either correct him or (in an ideal world) punch him in the face. Then again, I use the word Oriental too... (I'm in Europe!)

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  3. I don't ever want to discourage a kid from "reaching out culturally" as you put it. If he was sincere, good for him.

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  4. Personally, I find it a bit annoying that you constantly make Simon the "bad and agressive Asian". It feels too much like black-and-white morality with a strawman argument.

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