Friday, March 24, 2006

"Well, it's only funny when we say it..."


So I turned 32 last week, and got a homemade birthday card from my SAHM friend who is currently building her eBay empire based on her love of iron-on transfers, Superman, and all things '80s. The front of the card featured this photo of her darling daughter (proudly wearing her product, of course), with the subtitle, "Another birthday?" Inside is the punchline: "Don't sweat it!"

["Don't sweat it!" Get it? Asians? And sweatshops? Get it? And child labor? And she's sitting at the press like she's... Oh, never mind.] Well, that one's never gonna make a Great ExpectAsians card....


Not about to put my friend out there (with her permission, of course) without being willing to embarrass myself, here's a pic from Halloween, when we dressed our babygirl in a kimono and Grandma's wig and called the ensemble "sushi bar hostess." (I had really wanted to pair the wig with a little baby sportcoat and call it "Asian American anchorwoman," but I couldn't find any cheap size-12-months businesswear. Oh well, maybe in a few years. We've still got the wig.)

So, what painfully non-p.c., self-stereotyping inside-jokes—that you'd get pissed off and e-mailing Angry Asian Man about if "somebody else" did it—have you played on your poor, unsuspecting, trusting mini-me's? (C'mon, don't lie, you know you've done it!)

5 comments:

L said...

Those pictures are cute, although I have to be honest and tell you the wig kind of scares me.

I have done/said so many un-pc, racial "But it's ok, I'm Asian" things I have lost track.

encarna said...

Okay, but only because you asked... Here's our little stirfry:

P.S. So embarassing I couldn't even post it to my "pro" (and more public) Flickr account. Yeesh.

L said...

Encarna- I think Stirfry has to be one of the cutest things I've ever seen.

mike said...

The pictures are cute, but its definitely an interesting look to see a baby with a wig on. I may go ahead and get a wig for myself with a superman outfit since it looks so cute on them. Maybe it can help my cute factor, or not...

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