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Happy post-Halloween, readers!
You know, I used to really love Halloween when I was younger. We got to dress up as something/someone else for a day. We got to stay out [kinda] late. And best of all, all the free candy! There was nothing better than sitting in my living room after a night of trick-or-treating and sifting through the candy with my best friends.
However, Halloween has started to get on my nerves, to be quite honest. Why? Well, for one, there is no more free candy for me. And also because I see hordes of people in these kinds of get ups:
My bad, I didn’t realize that you could capture the complex struggles, experiences and oppression I face as an Asian American and person of color in a Halloween costume. Right. I guess I missed that memo. Clearly, by wearing a particular item of clothing or painting your skin a certain color, you somehow have the magical ability to transform into ANOTHER RACE. I never realized it was so simple!
So, readers, since it’s so “easy,” let’s go through the five simple steps to put together a really great East Asian costume or how to be East Asian for any day of the year, actually:
1) Slanty eyes
2) Buck teeth
3) Dress really, really nerdy or really, really risque, depending on your gender
Okay so this part isn’t necessarily connected to your appearance, per se. But it will add SO much more to your get up if people hear you speaking English with a thick, Asian accent. All Asians are foreigners who can’t speak English properly, didn’t you know?
5) Wear something with ‘Asian characters’ on it.
Modern-day Halloween is supposed to be about having the opportunity to be someone or something else for a day, an escape. Not be a free pass for you to stereotype and cariacaturize another racial group just for kicks.
I am NOT a Halloween costume, thankyouverymuch.