Hey guys, my name is Laura.
And today I'm going to talk about that one time that I was accidentally
When I was in high school.
I had a friend who was Argentinian but she was raised in Japan
She was really, really cool.
I'm just like, damn girl.
One time she brought a friend that was visiting from Japan
and she introduced her to me.
And so the friend in Japanese goes to my friend, hey, tell her
that her nose is really big.
And so my friend goes, hey, my friend says that your nose is
really big and I look at her and I'm like, ok.
Um Yes, I know that it is why I was just a little confused because
in my head, I'm like, bitch that's rude.
And so she sees the face that I'm making and the friend goes
No, no, no, I consider your nose very beautiful because it's
so rare to see such a big nose in Japan.
I'm like, please stop saying I have a big nose.
But thank you so much.
And so I put my hands together and I bow to her and I'm like, thank
I, you saying that my nose is big and all of a sudden she changes
her face and she goes, why did you bow to me?
And I'm like, what do you mean?
She's like, I'm not Chinese, I'm Japanese.
That's really racist.
And so to play it off, I was like, oh shit.
No, I, you know, I was just saying thank you Jesus and I crossed
I'm like, thank you God, thank you that I have a big nose.
Thank you that you're telling me I didn't know how to play it
I did not know what to in that moment it was very awkward and
obviously I came off as racist and ignorant, which in my defense
there's not a big population of Asians in Miami.
So I don't have a lot of Asian friends.
I didn't know what to do.
And I'm sorry because yes, I was a little ignorant and now I
know that you don't bow to a Japanese person.
I was just like, OK, I need to do my research on this Asian culture
because I clearly don't know any of it.
And I don't want to look that ignorant.
So I looked it up and I realized that in Japan people do bow but
they have different vows for specific things.
Like the one that I did was very racist.
And apparently that's more for Chinese culture.
And I just I was trying to be nice.
You know, I was trying to be nice.
I didn't mean any harm by it.
I'm here defending myself.
I'm trying to say I'm not a racist.
No, I'm trying to say that everyone's a little bit racist.
I didn't think I was racist and then I did this big ass racist
bow in front of this Japanese girl.
Like I didn't think that I was but I was, I'm just saying, do
your research, have you ever been accidentally innocently
Because it happens to everyone.
Don't, don't sit there and judge me because I know y'all have
been through it as well.
There are just so many cultures in the world.
I can't possibly know all of them.
Now, I'm not closing myself to not knowing about all of them
I'm totally open to it.
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