With all the cultural and language barriers, racism could be a natural phenomenon. Supposedly, it’s easier to talk with someone who speaks the same language as we do. With the cultural differences, we have different centres of interest, and different subjects of conversation. Thus, integrating into a foreign country, we naturally feels rejected, put aside.
For instance, for asians integrating the French society, it IS difficult. The French people can never understand our values, culture and mindset for they’ve never been received Asian education nor lived in Asia. To get integrated in France, Asians have to, at some point, change ourselves, and accept certain mentalities and French values.
I am not trying to say that racism, or racist discrimination, doesn’t exist. It certainly does exist. Chun has experienced quite a bit throughout his journey in Paris. But I believe that few are people who intentionally try to hurt you because you’re different. In most cases however, people try to joke without being conscious that you actually care, and that they’re hurting you.
Unfortunately, racists and bullies do exist, like any part of the world! It’s a brave decision that we’ve made to live abroad. When we are subject to any kind of discrimination, we always have the choice to give up and go back to our hometown, or to keep trying……. Chun’s mummy always taught him that “It’s much easier to change ourselves than to change the others.” So perhaps, rather be wise and intelligent by ignoring hurtful discrimination than expecting, for instance, the French to treat Asians as if they’re French.
And if anger arises, think of David Hallberg who thought when he left the Paris Opera School after one difficult year there:
“One day, I thought, I will return there, dance there, and prove my worth to them all.”
Chun is proud of his origins.