THE PERFECT SLAVE


The small Korean liquor store owners living in the middle of an urban Black city. The black-belted Karate master who trains the young fighter to become champion of the world. The annoying old secretary with droopy 2-inch-thick glasses who provides the comic relief. The nerdy little best friend who comes up with all the scientific explanations and does all the mathematical calculations for little Johnny’s next mastermind plan.


We’ve seen them all. Everytime we flip the channel on our TVs or visit the movie theaters to catch the next blockbuster flick, we see it. Some liberals might call it racism, the politically-correct people might call it racial exclusion, and of course, all asians are furious. Why was Russell Wong not telephoned when the casting directors for “XXX” were looking for an action star? Why is it safe to say that having Lucy Liu play opposite Tom Hanks in “Sleepless in Seattle” is absolutely ridiculous? We’re told that there’s been an “Asian revolution” and Asians are rising up in this social ladder of America — but please tell me where? Finally we have Asian actors playing serious roles, but why is it that I can count them all with my ten fingers? “Asian revolution”?? Please. A hundred bucks says that such a phrase was NOT created by an Asian. Another hundred bucks says that such a phrase was created so that us Asians would stop bickering about the injustice in the entertainment industry, and that hopefully we’ll actually be proud to live in America. I’ll tell you why there will NEVER be an “Asian revolution” — at least not in our lifetime.


Put simply, we are the perfect slaves. Thousands of generations of hard-work, discipline, and obedience — we’re accustomed to taking off our shoes when we enter the house, to pay respects to every adult that we see, to eat with our mouths closed and our hands on the bowls. When Asians first arrived in America, we were slaves to labor just like other minorities. Thousands of Chinese workers died building railroad tracks and paving roads for White owners. However, our small build and weak strength was no match for those of African and Mexican descent. Therefore, we were inefficient as labor workers, but there was no way we could be left dormant and enjoying the fruits of somebody else’s labor — we had to be slaves of some sort. Therefore, perhaps, that’s how the “model Asian” was created. We became trained in academia and corporate work, rather than out in the sun doing labor work — because if we weren’t effecient outdoors, then we must be efficient indoors. Stereotypes were created, standards were set, and the perfect slave was built and ready to go.


Some Asians would argue that the reason why Asians flood up the best Ivy Leagues and the UC’s is because we came here with a passion to be educated and to be successful. To some extent that might be true — but we can never always accept what sounds good. So if we’re flooding up all the best colleges in the nation and getting all the best jobs, why haven’t we seen any Asians accept the Academy Award for Best Actor or Actress or Director or Screenplay? (I still think Ang Lee deserved the Oscar for “Crouching Tiger” but that’s a different story). The reason is because we’re here in America for one reason, and one reason only — to be exactly what we were programmed to be since the very beginning: the perfect slaves. We’re here with the obedience and discipline and hard-work that we have learned in our cultures, and to use them effectively in the corporate world, so that WHITE AMERICA would progress faster. Because we are the perfect corporate slaves, we lose our individuality — we are seen only as the hard-working, intelligent, corporately efficient workers that will contribute to Ford’s next incredible creation or Dreamwork’s next summer blockbuster.


If there’s anything we know about acting, it’s that the actor requires individuality. We must be able to believe that the person we see on the screen is actually Forrest Gump, and not actor Tom Hanks. Because we have lost our individuality and our ability to have a personality other than “the intelligent, hard-working, black-belted, photography-crazed FOB with a funny accent,” there would be no way that we could see an Asian Forrest Gump as being a believable character. And how do they justify it? Stick some Asian extras in a scene taking place in Chinatown, play some Chinese imports on American soil, create some more kung-fu based films and call it an “Asian revolution.”


And of course we all believe it. I mean, why would we not? It gives us relief, it gives us security — and that’s all we’re really looking for, right? All we desire is for someone to say: “Damn, Asians are movin’ on up! Go America! Congratulations! All the hard work paid off!” Haha, if it only were that simple. Ah well, that’s a load off my chest. Now I can go back to work with a clear mind — because I mean, I need a clear conscience to be a more perfect slave, right?

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~ by roychi on April 16, 2003.

9 Responses to “”

  1. wow Roy that is some good stuff… love ballz

  2. model minority. the submissive, obedient asians. slant eyed. buck teeth. rice eating. 4.0 getting. “oriental.” “ching chow chang chu. did i say anything?” ….no. “can you read the writing on these chopsticks?!” no dumbass. i’m korean. ignorant stereotypes created in White America. i so agree with you roy. we’re used as models. “see how these chinese, these koreans, these japanese are doing so well? you mexicans & black americans should stop protesting, shut your mouth, and start working like they do.” good little asians. seriously, it’s about time we stood up and broke the asian stereotypes. stop worrying about the petty things in life. roy i like this piece. =]

  3. i’m a….slaaaaaaaaaaaaaave for you……. I cannot…… control it.I’m a ….slaaaaaaaave for you. I won’t deny it………. I’m not trying to hide it. hahah

  4. PUAHAHAH friggin jason.. i read yer “piece” and then jenchon’s comment and then i come across jasons and then all the seriousness juss collapses~ puhahha anywai… deep roy …DEEP. =O im never gonna read yer xanga again. haha jay pee

  5. i love ur thought provoking xanga entries =) keep it up~! hope all is well with you ^^

  6. give it time. there needs to be turnover time. most korean immigrants got here 20 years ago. to have their kids already in ivy leagues is a huge leap. think about how long it took other immigrant groups. asians have gone leaps and bounds. communism to democracy, monarchies to democracies.
    as irritating as it is, we have to wait a little more.

  7. wad up roy…itz ed koo. long ass post u got there…i’ll read it later…just droppin by….laate

  8. Hi roy, glad you found me! I’ve been a big fan of your xanga entries since baaack in the day. Talk to you soon.

  9. Intersting Comment Roy.. though I would have a thing or two to say about it if I had more time. What I will say for now is that you shouldnt be falling into this “Angry Asian” stereotype while claiming that the mold you find so comfortable is in itself flawed.
    Just a thought…

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