The Angry Asian Man Syndrome

So here's an article from The Dong-A Ilbo site:

"The Dong-A Ilbo commissioned the world’s leading search engine Google to conduct surveys on keywords that best represent 30 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and China, as well as their people.

"The Korean people were mainly described as 'quick-tempered and workaholics,' followed by 'hardworking and ambitious' and 'friendly and kind.' Another interesting keyword was 'early morning prayers.'

"For the survey, Google Korea ran an automatic search Sunday evening on hundreds of billions of Web pages after typing in a series of questions in English on what a country or its people is known for.

"Japan was most known for kimono; Mount Fuji; ninjas; manga (comic books); sushi; and electronic goods. The Japanese were best known for their high life expectancy and materialistic pursuits and low risk of heart disease.

"The most common words associated with China were ancient civilization; kind people; the Great Wall of China; terracotta warriors; the Yangtze River; and exotic recipes. Words linked to the Chinese people included passionate about learning, culture and diverse natural remedies.

"The list for the United States was unique in that its top 10 keywords were all related to culture, beginning with exhibitions and festivals followed by concerts, experimental arts, entertainment, historic monuments, memorials and museums. Global Web users most often cited the tenacity and tolerance of Americans."

Posted on NOVEMBER 18, 2008 03:10

My friend (who happens to be an ABC like me) and I were talking a couple of nights ago about how Korean men seem rather uptight and angry all the time. He told me, "Yeah Korean women are so beautiful and nice, but the men are just assholes."

Of course, my friend was generalizing. But then again, maybe the Korean guys were trying to cock block him.

I've known plenty of Korean men, and they weren't hot-headed gun-toting wack jobs. Koreans are damn hip, actually. Most of the Asian American celebs these days are Korean: Yul Kwon, Daniel Dae Kim, Bobby Lee, John Cho, Sung Kang, etc. There does, however, seem to be a rash of "angry Asian men" nowadays, not all of them Korean.

Anger, like any emotion, is either beneficial or detrimental, depending on how and when it's expressed. Acute anger is good ONLY if it is an appropriate response to a grave injustice. Acute anger is an immediate response, and because the response is immediate, the offender learns not to cross your path again. Acute anger has nothing to do with the severity of your response, but the swiftness of it.

But chronic anger is different. Chronic anger is not expressed immediately and reasonably, so it festers and debilitates the person who is angry. Passive-aggressive people suffer from chronic anger. Injustice collectors suffer from chronic anger.

Chronic anger is indicative of someone who is (or perceives himself to be) in a weak or low status position. After all, if you take offense to every perceived slight, then you must have a fragile ego.

So if you're an angry Asian man constantly bitching about how all Asian women are dating white guys, then that indicates low status and low self-esteem. It is indicates that you're a loser, because you think that you're a loser and now you've perpetuated this self-fulfilling prophecy.

So for all the angry Asian men out there: chill out and relax a bit. I know it's hokey, but read up on the Law of Attraction. Better yet, have lots of safe sex. You won't be so angry, and you'll be much more mellow.

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