PC people always talk about respecting cultures than want to shit all over traditions, don't eat pork and bread at my Passover seder tonight!
Tattoos like these are repulsive. Enjoy them when you get old, fat, and wrinkly and they look even more horrid in your later years.
Margaret, you had me up until: "My tattoos represent much of the pain & suffering I have endured." Please (eye roll)
But Margaret, as much as you have the right to be naked in a roomful of Korean women, they also have the same right to view your body as distasteful. My mom and her friends would be clucking their tongues and yelling that your parents didn't teach you well. Yes, it's myopic but Koreans are judgmental about body issues. This isn't news. Also, this whole "I have suffered" nonsense is cringeworthy.
It is interesting that the link at her byline (to her own site) shows an image
I brought the first Korean American family to television. I have influenced a generation of Asian American comedians, artists, musicians, actors, authors -– many, many people to do what they dreamed of doing, not letting their race and the lack of Asian Americans in the media stop them. If anything, I understand Korean culture better than most, because I have had to fight against much of its homophobia, sexism, racism –- all the while trying to maintain my fierce ethnic pride. I struggle with the language so that I can be better understood. I try to communicate my frustrations in Korean so that I can enhance my relationship with my identity, my family, my parents homeland.
I deserve to be naked if I want to.
I still love living in Korea. People are people, and they have their preconceptions, their prejudices, and their areas of ignorance. That's just the way it is. I've learned to understand it's not all about me.
Margaret -- and not from this episode exclusively by any means -- strikes me as someone who hasn't figured that out yet. But I do have bad days occasionally, when the proverbial final straw breaks the back of my equanimity, and so I sympathize.
[S]he apologized even more profusely and tried to explain that in Korean culture, tattoos are very taboo and my body was upsetting everyone there. I told her I was aware of that...
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