19 Jun '16, 7am

Why BuzzFeed’s “People Try Durian (The Smelliest Fruit in The World)” is Racist https://t.co/RyrgmMf3Gh

During one of my early college days, a roommate asked me if I could eat my dinners in the common room from now on because she could not stand the smell of my food. The feeling of shame was immediate and obvious. I couldn’t have understood at the time how this was a manifestation of xenophobia, racism, and white supremacy–first telling me that my practices are unacceptable and then shaming me into accommodating a white person who was offended. I obliged and ate dinner in the common room and all throughout, experiencing overwhelming identity conflicts as a result of my ostracization. I finally asked my parents to stop packing meals for me, a request that was heartbreaking for the both of us. Through this experience, I subconsciously found a haven amongst other Asian Americans on the overwhelmingly white campus. Even if our experiences weren’t homogenous, I felt comfort in kn...

Full article: https://projectava.org/2016/05/05/why-buzzfeeds-people-tr...

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