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What makes an egg?

And no the answer isn’t “a chicken?” An egg is apparently a person who is white on the outside and yellow on the inside. Aka, a Caucasian who is interested in Asian culture and languages. Some sites said “a white person who wants to be Asian.” I was kinda speechless, but that has never stopped me before. Let me be perfectly clear. I’m “white” and interested in Asian stuff (specifically Korean stuff), but I have no desire to be Asian. And I think most people who are interested in kdramas and kpop aren’t thinking “I wish God had made me Asian.” There may be a few exceptions among teenagers, but even then I don’t think it is that many. Why does having an interest in learning another culture make you weird? Is it because the other culture’s typical physical appearance is very different from yours? Would it be Ok if a Korean was interested in Chinese culture? What about a white American interested in French culture or a white French person interested in British culture? (I know both France & the UK are multicultural – this is just an example.) Or is it Ok for a Caucasian to be a little interested in Asian cultures, but not too much. At what point does someone become an egg? when they start watching TV shows, eating the food, listening to music or learning the language? Or when they just become annoying? And annoying to whom? My friends and family are annoyed with me, but AFAIK, I haven’t annoyed any Koreans yet. I’m sure some Koreans have laughed at me behind my back for my hideous accent or for whatever. (I was wearing a modern hanbok yesterday and forgot I was wearing it until I got to the Korean restaurant and they mentioned it, so I bet they laughed at me. I think hanboks are pretty; sue me. [I love to wear salwar kameezes and watch Bollywood movies so what does that make me? an inside out coconut?]) Or this is what be just appalling, do you become an egg when you make friends with people from that culture? Come on! Why can’t we just like what we like? Why is it wrong for me to like Korean stuff because I’m a nonKorean? I love learning about other cultures; I have since childhood. This is part of who I am. I’d love to teach about US culture because I figure people might be interested in more then what they see on TV. I occasionally help a coworker out with some US cultural oddities that she doesn’t understand. I’m always researching stuff I don’t understand from a foreign TV or movies. I’ve looking up all sorts of things (e.g., AGAs in UK comedy, or red hair ribbons in a Bollywood movie, or “oppa” and red stickers in kdramas) Cultures are fascinating because they are formed by and influence people, and I have no plan to stop being fascinated. If that makes me an egg, oh well. —- Oh and please don’t take “I have no desire to be Asian” as an insult. It isn’t. It is a statement of fact, I have no desire to be someone I’m not. God gave me to Caucasian parents (and wouldn’t accept returns); therefore, I’m Caucasian. I look like my mom so I’m kinda short & dumpy; and I have my grandmother’s …um… chest and my dad’s nose. I know what I’ll look like until I’m 90 because I take after my mom who takes after her mom. Why would I want to give all that up? Besides, I’ll be supercute when I’m old. 😀

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Comments on: "What makes an egg?" (3)

  1. I think those who make slang references like that are secretly proud that others are interested in their “culture” but at the same time a little superiority creeps in, a sort of “but this is ours” so the belittling begins. Human nature. Almost like hazing.

    • Aw. But isn’t that assuming that the origin of the “egg” slang comes from Korea? Or Asia? I was under the (possibly mistaken?) impression that these kinds of slang tend to come from the culture “losing” the person/s to another.

      For example, where I’m from, an Asian person who’s very western and isn’t in touch with his/her own mother tongue/culture is sometimes referred to as a “banana” ie yellow on the outside and white on the inside. And that slang comes from Asians, I believe, not westerners..

      • I don’t know the origin – I just saw it in some videos by Asians, so they definitely use it, and I assumed they came up with it. However, I see your point. Oreos, bananas and other food-related racial insults seem to come from the outside culture, not the inside culture.

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