Lifestyle, Observations

Food Stereotypes: Asian

Preface: This is only something I’ve observed. It is not meant to disrespect or offend anyone.

Chinese and Asian food has quite the bad rep, and I’m not entirely sure why. Yes we eat some “weird” and “disgusting” things, namely select parts of an animal, and I understand that to other cultures who don’t consume these things it usually is quite gross. That’s not really an issue because if you were never exposed to the wide variety of delicacies available from other cultures, it’s natural to be put off. However what I do find to be bothersome is the stereotype that it’s Asians, who eat gross things.

Walk into any Asian supermarket or restaurant and you’re bound to find: chicken feet, intestines, tongue, pork heads, etc. I could be here all day. What’s always neglected when it comes to categorizing certain foods as “something Asians eat”, is that other cultures eat these things too. Just in a different manner. For example, that fancy foie gras you hear about? That’s fattened duck liver. And this is a delicacy made popular by the French. Haggis, a chopped mixture of liver, heart, stomach, and lungs of a sheep, is a popular dish in Scotland. And these are just the normal “gross” dishes.

In the end the majority of the food we eat stems from what our ancestors could find and use. I just wish that people would stop tacking on this particular stereotype to Asian food, nothing more.

A penny for your thoughts? Tell me what you find gross!

Lifestyle, Observations

A Courtesy: Butt Out

Just the other day my neighbours threw a birthday party and I noticed that a couple of their friends smoked. I normally don’t have much of a problem with that except for the fact that the next morning I found all their cigarette butts on my lawn. I understand there will always be people who litter, especially when you’re dealing with cigarette butts, but is it really so difficult to throw out your own garbage? Don’t you expend more energy throwing your unwanted garbage over to a neighbour than keeping it to yourself?

It’s common courtesy to keep your garbage to yourself, not to throw it to someone else for them to deal with. What would you do if this happened to you?


An Observation: Jamming in the Car

Singing and dancing in your seat whilst in your car, we all do this, don’t we? I’ve always found it quite intriguing just how comfortable we can get when in our personal mode of transportation. It is almost as if the car acts like a personal bubble of space; as long as I remain in this said bubble, I can sing as loudly as I want and dance as much as I can (in a confined seat of course). This is quite hilarious, as your car is nothing more than a metal frame with windows that make up 50% of the entire vehicle.

Arms waving, shoulders shimming, you name it.  It’s reckless abandon when a good song comes onto the radio. No longer do you fear that your voice is not up to par. You’re proud of it, and have no shame. No proper dance moves? No problem, just wave those arms around to some sort of beat.

What are your thoughts?