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People Wot Get My Hackles Up [20081020|21:48]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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All right, I'm in a mood, so it's time to let Ranty McRanterpants out of the closet for a little romp around the playground.

  1. People who think I'm not Asian because I don't look it. First of all, because they're unobservant. I mean, hello, can you not tell from, say, this image of me, hypnotised by a bottle of whisky, that I am part Asian? And secondly, because they always say, "But you don't look Filipino" in accusatory tones, like I was deliberately trying to hide it from them. Oh, I'm sorry. Shall I adopt an accent, or perhaps become a nurse, a nanny, or a cashier at the Waitrose on Gloucester Road to make it more obvious for you? Who gives a shit anyway? It's most likely that we're talking because we both happen to be middle-class geeks, not because of our racial/ethnic backgrounds.

  2. People on my LJ friends list who never post any more. Where'd you go? Facebook? Twitter? Don't tell me you started your own independent blog. Do you know how many bookmarks I've got already? Dammit, it was convenient for me when most of you were here.

  3. People who jump the queue. Queueing is a fine British sport with elaborate rules of silent politeness. For instance, if there are only two people standing in the bus shelter, but they're at either end and you walk up to the bus stop, you stand outside it. Just so they know you're not jumping the queue. Unless it's pissing rain, in which case you're allowed to step under a corner of the shelter if you don't have an umbrella. When the bus pulls up, though, you'd better make sure you're behind the two people who were there before you.

    It's infuriating to see people break the rules when I've tried so damn hard to learn them. Especially when they can be clearly identified as British.

  4. People who are proud of not eating vegetables or fruit. Dude, get your blocked-up colon away from me.

  5. People who get off on bashing Americans. It seems to be universally acceptable in the UK and Europe to talk about "the Americans" in as derogatory a fashion as you like. While I can understand (and share) their frustration with the American government's conduct over the past few years, and with a lot of American tourists, I find it peculiar just how comfortable they are criticizing us to our faces. The only thing that saves me from this on a daily basis is not having a job where I have to serve customers, but it happens often enough to be upsetting.

    The other thing that gets me is when someone finishes a tirade and then says, "But of course, you're not like them. You're different." Which sounds creepily like something a closet racist would say when talking to their one ethnic minority friend, you know? (See item #1.)


I think that's all my toys out of the pram. Add yours in the comments!
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From: tdj
2008-10-20 21:57 (UTC)
2. People on my LJ friends list who never post any more.

I would hang my head in shame, but I have none.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-21 08:11 (UTC)
Why would you need to? You post!

(P.S. Have forwarded that last photo post to, like, everyone. Is so awesome.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-21 08:12 (UTC)
Right now I am aggravated at grad students who cannot find their own arse with both hands and A MAP. ARGH.

Isn't that all of them? (Maybe I'm just projecting, but I know I couldn't - too sleep-deprived, too insecure, too hopped up on caffeine.)
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[User Picture]From: lesyeuxouverts
2008-10-20 22:20 (UTC)
My life's been crazy, just made a massive post about it actually. Oh and are you on facebook ? I've put my birthday party up there and I'd love you to come !
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-21 08:16 (UTC)
I'm on Facebook. If you use my Imperial e-mail addy, you should be able to find me straightaway.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2008-10-20 22:38 (UTC)
It's the geek part, Dear. They're convinced certain races are ethnically incapable of geekery. Ran into this several times in LA with da roomie.

Keep living the dream.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2008-10-21 00:13 (UTC)
Wait WHAT?

Maybe it's just that my high school was like 60% asian, but the biggest geeks in the house were in fact asian. I knew Chinese geeks, Korean geeks, and Filipino geeks! And we had an absolute bumper crop of Indian and Pakistani geeks. (The Japanese people in my year were all cool kids.)

...now if you want to get into "pathetic nerd", the white guys in my college's anime club who wanted to be Japanese took the biscuit, but that's because there is something so inherently pathetic in longing to be a member of a race on the basis of their dorky cartoon output that it catapaulted them onto a completely different level from, oh, everyone else ever.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2008-10-20 23:11 (UTC)
Bashing Americans in general is racist. But some people feel that because America is so culturally dominant, it doesn't count in the way that bashing other countries or ethnicities would.

One thing I have learned from interacting with Americans is that the USA is big, there's room there for all sorts of people, and some of them are the smartest, nicest people I know.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-21 12:23 (UTC)
But some people feel that because America is so culturally dominant, it doesn't count in the way that bashing other countries or ethnicities would.

Which is fair enough, honestly - that's what you get for being successful imperialists. (See: The British.) It's possible to mock us humorously. It's even possible to mock us humorously to our faces. It's when I can clearly tell that the other person sincerely believes that Americans are always nasty, vile, xenophobic, greedy and culturally insensitive (oh the irony) that I get pissed off.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2008-10-20 23:21 (UTC)
Peraonally, I've just thrown my teddy in the corner
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-21 12:19 (UTC)
Good, good. I hope you stamped your feet, too.
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[User Picture]From: forgottenbelief
2008-10-20 23:51 (UTC)
Well, we're not LJ friends, but I'm still over here :P
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2008-10-21 00:20 (UTC)
Man, I post only occasionally and comment not-nearly-enough, but I always enjoy your posts.

Also, you definitely look part-Asian to me, dammit. Are these clueless people just... not exposed to Asian or mixed-race people, like, ever?

Totally unrelated, may I pick your brains about cameras sometime?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-21 21:04 (UTC)
Are these clueless people just... not exposed to Asian or mixed-race people, like, ever?

You know, this is probably part of it. The population in the UK is over 90% white according to the 2002 census. London is obviously very diverse, with 45% of the total ethnic minority population. There are, however, also quite a few white British people in London who grew up elsewhere (e.g. predominantly white areas of Britain) and who likely aren't familiar with the appearance of mixed-race people.

You may pick my brains about cameras. If you're looking for info on digital cameras, DP review is my top tip.
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[User Picture]From: enterlinemedia
2008-10-21 00:28 (UTC)
still here at LJ. only comment when I have something to say. read many LJs still.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2008-10-21 01:04 (UTC)
my pet peeve for today is quaint little courtyard hotels that randomly change their requirements for the weekend I was planning to visit to a minimum two night stay, at double the weekday rate, thus forcing me to change my travel dates to a random tuesday and wednesday, and then, upon making the reservation, learn that check-in is at 4 p.m., and check out is at 11 a.m. Which is 17 hours, i.e. not even a full day. bah!

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-21 21:05 (UTC)
I recommend that you walk out of the lobby muttering about setting the building on fire when you leave.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2008-10-21 01:14 (UTC)
1) weirdos.
2) i feel the same way.
3) rude! bursting pregnant, hunched over old, maybe. rude!
4) weirdos.
5) at home i'm a self-basher. abroad, i'm all...oh no you didnt! i feel the same way about ny. (and yes, i know i'm feeding into the stereotype that ny-ers feel special and separate from the rest of the country. well, sometimes that's true. we are, however, much more accommodating than the average american when it comes to "outsiders."

about the other thing, it's as lame as when someone says something and out of insecurity/passive-aggression/whatnot adds: "just joking." shut up!

Edited at 2008-10-21 01:14 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-21 21:33 (UTC)
it's as lame as when someone says something and out of insecurity/passive-aggression/whatnot adds: "just joking." shut up!

It's about as convincing a way of heading off an argument as the old playground standby "dot dot no say-backs".
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2008-10-21 07:39 (UTC)
I love it when people ask me if I'm Chinese. And then when I tell them I'm not, they ask, "are you sure?" It makes me want to say "Yea-ah, I'm shoooah," in my best NJ accent and snap my gum at them.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-21 21:08 (UTC)
One day you should feign a major identity crisis and pelt off down the road wailing in despair.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2008-10-21 07:41 (UTC)
You look of Asian descent to me. It's a very elegant, pretty look too. People are clearly not very observant. But perhaps it's because you're down south where there are so many more non-Caucasian people - the ethnic pool up here in Scotland is rather limited by comparison! There are a lot of people of Indian and Pakistani descent in Glasgow - any other minorities are very much minorities.

I also hate people who skip queues. Especially in cars.

And while we're ranting, I can't stand it when the SNP spout some new and thoroughly embarrassing nationalist propaganda or demand to Westminster and then claim to be speaking for the people on the streets of Scotland. No you're not! Stop embarrassing me! I'm sorry for whatever they say that you may hear. We are not all anti-Britain and anti-England.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-21 21:29 (UTC)
I also hate people who skip queues. Especially in cars.

Yes. Especially because that's not just rude, it's bloody dangerous.

No you're not! Stop embarrassing me! I'm sorry for whatever they say that you may hear. We are not all anti-Britain and anti-England.

It boggles my mind a bit how unwilling the SNP politicians are to be moderate in their statements on devolution. I mean, I thought diplomacy was supposed to be the way forward on such issues. Unless you're prepared to back up your words with military action.
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2008-10-21 11:15 (UTC)
The kid who mistakes my taking teasing with a smile for not knowing that I'm being teased. I don't actually remember what it's like to be 14 and absolutely positive that adults have no idea what's going on around them. Which is not to say I was never in that situation, I just don't remember what it's like.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-21 21:10 (UTC)
I can't either. Then again, I don't know if I would have had the courage to tease an adult when I was 14. I think I was too well conditioned by familial authority figures to respect all adults.
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2008-10-21 17:11 (UTC)
Ok, I would post more but time isn't a luxury I have anymore. As much as I'd love to, I don't. I didn't leave for Facebook. If anything, I think I'm going to dump it. I've had more people find me I didn't ever want to see again than those long lost friends or people from other places.



As to point #5, I liken the British to fag-bashers. They love to get blowjobs in the bus terminal from men, and then beat the shit outta them for doing it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-21 21:12 (UTC)
I've been pretty lucky with Facebook thus far. Maybe it's because I have no compunctions about pressing the Ignore key on all widgets and friend requests from people I don't know.
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