Those of you who know me, know how proud I am of my Korean-American heritage. I'm proud of my background, my family, my culture ... although I am an American, I've never let my Korean identity get away from me. A lot of that is because I experienced a great deal of racism growing up in the US. When I was 6 my family moved to a small town in Illinois ... it was in the middle of no where. Everyday I came back from the school I'd be crying because I didn't understand the teachers, and the kids wouldn't play with me. Two years later my family moved to Washington, and it wasn't any better. You'd think living in a city like Lacey, right outside of Olympia, people would be a bit more progressive. But they weren't. I was surrounded by white kids and white teachers -- I didn't understand why they didn't want to speak to me and play with me, even though I had a near perfect grasp of the English language. It was rough having to grow up, pretending to be a white kid just to be even remotely accepted by society ... well, when I got older, I wised up. I realized that racism still thrives in our world today, and it's not hampered by our mass media ...
Which is why I implore all of you to please protest the film "The Last Airbender." As you may or may not know already, the main cast of the film is entirely white. Avatar, the Nickelodeon cartoon, is not a white show -- not in the slightest. If you haven't watched it, go watch it. You don't have to be Asian, Black, or White to understand that the show is based upon Asian cultures and has Asian/Inuit/Aboriginal characters as their protagonists. There are even instances of Korean culture mixed in that made me proud and happy that a show could truly understand the Asian culture. One of the main character's animal companions is named "Appa" or "dad" in Korean.
But I'm rambling ... here are some great resources if you want to help out:
Join the campaign if you want to help out ... it doesn't take a lot of time. And you'd be doing this world a big favor.
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