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I saw you starring at me for a while.
    Allow me to answer the question you’ve wanted to ask during that period of time,
But didn’t have the courage to approach me with (I bet you’ve been hanging out with too many cats)

Yes I am Asian. But no I am not a math whiz.

No, I have not surgically put a computer chip in my brain.
    (Though if that actually worked, it’d be awesome like… that’s fucking awesome awesome)

I have yet to try eating dog, I hear, however, it tastes like beef.
    What a cow one must be to eat such a being!
         I’ve always been one to question the beliefs of my race.
              Many traditions are not quite to my taste.

Despite what you may think, I am not a communist, barely a socialist.
    Though I am young still and do not completely comprehend politics, admitly.
         Still stuck in the world of k-pop and anime, which I will openly admit I enjoy.
    I worship Tablo as if he were a reincarnation of Jesus Christ,
I must be going to hell for such blasphemy. (I have sinned but please forgive me)
And I sometimes picture myself throwing shurikans as if I were Naruto.
            Just kidding,
                        I really
                              Really
                                     Really
                                         Hate Naruto, for no apparent reason, I’ve always been more of a K-on kind of guy
But…moving on.

Not all of us drive badly,
But I’ve known my mom to drive haphazardly,
Though perhaps with pattern,
Like a symphony.
An intricate piano melody. One which I wouldn’t be able to play,
Never very much liked piano lessons.

I’ve never really fit stereotypes.
How people can link them to your identity is absurd.
         I’ve never and will never follow the road that is paved for me.
                     I WILL argue when someone tries to tell me about my background, my likes and dislikes.
But I still…have a love for my race
I wrote this about 2 monthes ago, but I completely forgot about it. So here you go, dA!

I faced quite a bit of racism growing up, but it's all good, I laugh at racist asian comments nowadays.

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not-an-emo-girl942 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Hello, I'm a critic from :iconwriters--club:!  I have to start off by saying that this piece is hysterical!  Or maybe satirical is the best word.  You utilized everything in your arsenal to criticize racism that a lot of us don't consider.  I really enjoyed your breakdown of stereotypes and examining how each one impacts you personally.  You made everything so personal while still maintaining your comedic tone, and I love it so much!  I think my absolute favorite part was you talking about driving.  You include the digressions that make life interesting, but they stay on point enough for them to be productive; and it is so personal and nostalgic that it really drives the point home. :)

 

 

I know someone already pointed this out, but you wrote "starring instead of "staring" and "admitly" instead of "admittedly".  I also don't exactly understand the (I bet... too many cats).  I still find it funny, but I'm not sure why I'm supposed to find it funny, if you get what I mean by that.  To some extent, I enjoy the bizarre twist from blasphemy to Naruto, but I also think it is a bit extreme compared to the rest of the piece.

 

In short, I love this piece, it makes me smile, and you did an excellent job crafting it. :)

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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you :) 
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AmazinglyTam Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
AHHH oh my god thisissoawesome.
I can relate 100% to every single word (maybe except... the fourth one? I believe there's a spelling error there?) GREAT JOB :D
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Artist
the fourth one would be....?

I know it's awesome. because I wrote it.

okay just kidding. :P

But thank you and I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
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AmazinglyTam Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Erghhh, "starring"? Staring? Or perhaps I have finally gone crazy after all, lol, I would not be surprised.
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Artist
I actually did write starring..DAMMIT >W< lol XD
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joyhorse13 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013   General Artist
Nice job!!!
Even though I never faced much racism growing up, some of my close family members have. Therefore I sympathize with them and can understand their plight.

More people really need to know not to label people by sterotypes.

Keep up the good work:)
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:icondylanseto:
DylanSeto Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Artist
nowadays I don't really care about it. I think seeing stereotypes in a comedic light is more effective in making racism obsolete rather than eradicating it, IMO.
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ckdaassasin Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAH! lololol I'm all for this poemXD COMPLETELY agree!!
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:icondylanseto:
DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Artist
SPREAD DUH WORD MAH FELLOW DOG EATIING FREIND :P ..............don't take this seriously LOL
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Chaotic-Samurai Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you for writing this my dear friend.
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Artist
and thank YOU for reading this.
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hypermagical Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Very well done! Dealing with racism or any kind of bigotry is one of life's greatest struggles.

P.S. I also hate Naruto with an unfounded vengeance...
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:icondylanseto:
DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Artist
Racism is an easy topic to tackle since I think everybody has been a victim to it to some degree. It's also a topic that easy to make humurous without been offensive; I personally really enjoy poems which have a comedic feel but still retain meaning.
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hypermagical Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
You've certainly mastered it, it's not easy in my case, so I certainly admire your talent.
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:icondylanseto:
DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Artist
haha thanks ^^
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hypermagical Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
welcomes :3
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parchmentgirl Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Writer
Such a fantastic title, it really grabs attention and the poem follows on in such a wonderfully casual way.
Though I must ask, are you familiar with many shy cats?
Maybe it is simply because they can sense I'm allergic to them, but cats have a tendency to try and sit as close to me as they can... this includes attempting to sit on my forehead while a sleep...

But anyway, fantastic poem!
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Artist
I've actually only been near a cat like twice in my life LOL so no.

I'm glad you liked the poem though~~
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guillmon9005 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great job! Please oblige us with more or your poems :)
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Artist
Thanks
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guillmon9005 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
your so welcome :)
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sarah2231 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very humorous and endearing, at the same time! Great job!! And btw K-Pop and Anime FTW!!!! XD
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Artist
"I don't know why people think humor has less of an art to it; it's hard to be funny" - MC Paul Barman

^^

Thank you~~

yesh...kpop shwagg hahaha
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007demosthenes Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is really great. I'm Asian, and I like to crack Asian stereotype jokes all the time.
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Artist
i <3 asian jokes xD
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MizFrizzle19 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
lololol
I have infinite love for this.
I'm half Asian and I revel in Asian jokes all the time.
well done.
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:icondylanseto:
DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed this~~ means a lot y'know.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Cool.

Reads great.
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you xP
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Wonder if folks from other ethnic
groups will write poems like this?
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:icondylanseto:
DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Artist
Plenty. Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino has a rap songs about based on the topic. One of the lines that really struck me is in Hold me down:

"This one kid once told me something that was really bad, they said I wasn't really black 'cause I had a dad. I find that kinda sad mostly 'cause a lot black kids think they should agree with that"
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
That is a great line.

Thanks for sharing.
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Artist
welcome~
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tiffmalloy18 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
psh. racist! :p My friend would love this. She is Asian. I just laughed! Love it!
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Artist
Asian people are racist, get over it :P I mean..we don't even like our own people o.o ...North & South Korea anyone? haha

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this~
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tiffmalloy18 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha that is a true statement.
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Steamland Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
really But Asians are jsut as good and bad at anything as everyone else. sure Asisns are kickass, so are blacks, antive americans, indieans, jews, blondes, elmo,etc. ^^
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Artist
elmo LOL what?

the point of the poem wasn't to show that Asians are kickass, the point was to show how stupid stereotypes are. :P
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Steamland Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
lol yes Elmo si a monster mupept whose kind and cheerful. he's good and bad at a lot fo things. lol


I knwo thats th point, still I THINK Asians and everyoen oen is are kickass in their own way.
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Artist
I know who elmo is haha just...why? haha
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Steamland Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
becuase elmo as a mosnter ahs been sterotryped to :D
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:icondylanseto:
DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Artist
hmmm whatever you say :P
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:iconsteamland:
Steamland Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
lol XD
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Lyrically-Sadistic Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That title really caught my eye, and I had to chuckle.
Your thoughts are very interesting and sensible; I get the feeling that you'd be quite an interesting person to get to know.
:thumbsup: Great work!
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Artist
I'm quite the quite kid outside of dA, I'm not sure how interesting I would be haha
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fakekira101 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The way you wrote it reminds me of one poem I had to read for class...
But I like it. Many people hate the fact that I don't act "black" (the way I talk, dress, and the stuff I'm into.)
It's very good and I know where you're coming from.
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Artist
The way you say that reminds me of Donald Glover, haha.

Anyway, I'm glad, hope I could put a smile on your face. :D
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Redwritingwarrior Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
heard that, try being black; everyone thinks your criminal or you're good at basketball or you ABSOLUTELY love fired chicken. At least Asians have 'positive' stereotypes...
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Artist
I don't consider being good at basketball as negative stereotype?

Inversely, being known as dog eaters isn't all that positive.

Not all black stereotypes are bad; likewise not Asian stereotypes are good. We're all human here (or hopefully..) let's not say being of a certain race is better or worst.

But hey, stereotypes in general are stupid. No one likes being thought of as something they're not.
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