YJ and I went to the National Palace in Taipei (that’s Taiwan’s capital and biggest city, about the size of Philadelphia). the museum was kind of like Taiwan’s Smithsonian of Old Chinese culture dating back oh, a few thousand B.C. I saw the Asian exhibit in the Smithsonian (Jordan remembers!) but this was the big leagues. Lots of jade. There were English tours twice a day, and our tour guide was a weird European lady who was nonetheless a top notch docent. She took us on a tour of the ancient religious relics, royal trinkets, and old art. There was a decent crowd for the english tours, among which there were these two chinese kids, an 11-ish year old girl and her younger brother (about 8-ish). While the rest of us walked, these two slid around on their shoes, which actually doubled as skates. I kept thinking that the little boy was probably overweight because he didn’t have to walk anywhere, he just slid around. YJ and I shared a look, the kind of look we shared before. You see, skates are loud, and usually not worn in a national museum. When kids skate around while the docent is trying to talk, it is kind of hard to understand what’s going on. In addition these kids strutted around with a complete disregard for everyone else in the room.
At one time when the docent was explaining the type of dye used to stain royal ceramics and why the dye was used. I didn’t understand it all because the little SHAT got right behind the ceramic and put his face on the glass and started banging on the glass. HA HA HA, so funny. The boy, heretofore known as SHAT, later pushed YJ to try to get behind another piece of royal jewelry to make more monkey shines for his more clever and quieter sister (AKA the puppetmaster). YJ was conspicuously preventing from doing so, huzzah to her, and he pushed her with all the might his sense of entitlement could muster. He’s only a little kid though, so no big deal. I later pushed the SHAT myself, right in front of his mother, too. She wouldn’t stop her kids, so I knew she wouldn’t stop me. I’m like 6th generation American, so that trumps the SHAT’s measly generation in the land of milk and honey.
I know I’m being too hard on these kids in particular, but my sister would beat that ass if her kids would try to pull that crap. YJ likewise said how ashamed her parents would be if she acted like that in public. By no means is this isolated to American born Asian kids…it’s just that every ABC (american born Chinese) seems to act this way. The thought of 60-70 million SHATs in our country (I’m factoring in all Americans this age) is not a happy one.
Posted at 10:43 pm by Johnny B
|Posted by BP @ 01/14/2005 08:43 AM PST|
|It’s the number one downside of American Liberty, and that is if we’re not careful, the youngest generation takes it all for granted. It’s been a problem for generations, and shows itself in different ways in each generation.
Fortunately, it’s worth it.