Be forewarned, this is a long ramble of a foolish fool. I may think myself wise at the moment, but who knows what I might believe in tommorow...
I'm certain this in not a new topic, but I certainly have feel I fresh perspective depsite not having mentioned much ado to the topic to friends online or off.
Among the number of people I run into on a daily basis, there are a great number of people who envy eastern culture and some how wish against fate that they could be Asian.
This sorta thing may or may not sound silly, but it's a fact that there are plenty of you out there.
I guess the first thing I can point out about asian people is that being asian is TO NOT INVEST SO MUCH INTO IT. I mean if you were asian, it's not something that occupies you regularly, afterall, it's been that way all you life. In fact, the ones out there who are asian and constantly remind people of it are seen as by regular asians, as a whitey. Not to confuse this with "asian pride" it more the person who'll easily get offended when appropriate measures aren't taken to ensure that they're appreciated for their culture. I.E. a certain asian guy I know who insists on carrying a bo-ken everywhere he goes.
Afterall, how would you feel if I liked america so much that I were to wear a cowboy hat and spurs? Message to the anime-loving white people who consistently stalk asian people and insist on wearing asian characters on their clothing whether or not they know what it means. If you were truly asian, it's something more subtle, and acheived by a way of life and not the obvious labels that you've encountered.
The most asian white people I know are the ones who don't even know it, and if they're told so, it's not taken very seriously, because they are who they are.
It's not impossible after to be culturally accepted. Some of my best friends are asian because they:
Don't hate pop music, but that doesn't nescessarily mean they like it either.
Don't outwardly proclaim their dislike for a certain movie, music genre, videogame, sport, person, type of person.
Aren't overly preoccupied with freedom (freedom is overrated and at the same time underappreciated, especially when you believe it's a right you're born with and not something you earn.)
I have this theory that Americans are very "anti" people. As in you are who you are because of what you don't like not for what you are. Apparently disliking things builds character.
Not to down on americans or anything, this is merely the topic of americans who aspire to be asian and are doing a horrible job of it.
where was I?
Ok, a good example of the cultural difference, would be the type of games I've seen released recently.
Let's compare Bioware's Fable against long running Final Fantasy
The first thing Fable wanted to establish was freedom, freedom to do anything, become anything, go anywhere, etc. etc. It's currently called sandbox play. It's a aspect of american games that they pride in very much. Some other examples would be Halo, GTA, KOTOR.
The downside about that sort is that given that amount of freedom, most people will abuse it. Spend hours with hookers in GTA and then mass murdering people with enevitable weapon codes.
In Fable/KOTOR, the main character could not have his own voice because it would simply take too much time to record all the possible dialogue due the the freedom of being able to say anything you want.
A japanese game would simply not succeed that way. Final Fantasy and the generic RPG of 12 years or so emphasize more important than freedom is being part of a great story. So much that they'll sacrifice freedom. SOmething people should understand in real life.
WHich would you choose?
Stepping over the rules in the hopes of becoming Great.
Or Giving up freedom and being part of something Great.
That pretty much the difference between asian people and americans. Asians a community based. It's a part of life for us to conform. Conformity is not a bad thing, it's only bad if you don't understand it.
bleh... I'm sick of this topic already. I'm not even that much asian myself. Asian people don't like me.
Oh another thing:
Asian people generally lack character, that doesn't nescesarrily mean the'yre boring. Well, maybe it does. But it's just not so important to have something to say. Which for that reason we tend to look alike. Go ahead and try to have a deep conversationg with one. You'll hit a wall eventually, I garaunteeee..
I guess that'd be one reason I'm not so asian, they think I'm weird.
But I do have that neutral thing going for me tho, I've gotten very good at coming up with the most neutral comments possible to entertain conversation whenever someone comes up to me and wants to talk about what they hate.