Recently I went to see a movie called “Pitch Perfect” with Emanuele, one of my best American friends.
“How did you feel about that?” she asked me on our way to the parking lot. We pushed the door and walked into freezing wind.
“Well, yes I think that is pretty much it. It’s true,” I said.
I knew exactly what she was asking.
In the movie there are two Asian girls: One speaks in a really quiet voice and has a weird accent; the other only hangs out with people from her own country and hates American food and culture. It feels like they are so different and somehow crazy.
“That is how some Americans think of Asians, right?” I asked.
“Well, to some degree, yes,” my friend Emanuele said. She said some Americans don’t like Asians because they don’t understand them. “Sometimes they don’t even know anybody from Asia,” she said. “They learned it from movies and other pop culture.”