Family Guy: Asian girls think everything small is cute

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

I watched the latest episode of Family Guy last night on the Tivo and this scene cracked me up so much!

(The boob joke is a bit tasteless, but the other stuff is on-point.)

I have to admit that I am totally guilty of this stereotype. I remember this one time I was in The Container Store. I was walking along one aisle and I spotted this tiny (about 3 inches tall) white ceramic jar with a hinged lid. Okay, not only was that already cute in and of itself, but it also had a tiny little spoon attached to it! It was total cute overload.

Then what happened next felt like it happened in slow motion. I moved towards the jar, arm oustretched, as I said “Cuuuuuuuuuuuute!” and then I was dismayed to find that at the exact same time, another Asian girl was also moving towards the same jar, her arm outstretched, also saying “Cuuuuuuuuuute!” When we got to the jar, we looked at each other in embarrassment, realizing that we had both just totally stereotyped ourselves.

I am also mortified that when I see a friend coming towards me, I almost always reflexively do The Asian Girl Wave: arm bent at elbow, hand positioned a little bit above your hip, palm facing out, hand ocillating side to side rapidly, head tilted slightly to one side.

Anyone else feel me on this? :) I guess it’s like my version of the racial pixie.

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