Why Asians Need To Stop Idealizing All Things Western

the kopi mag

Illustration by Dadu Shin

If you’re Asian, chances are you’ve been westernized in some form or another, and trust me, by saying that, I don’t mean it as a good thing.

Whether it will show in very discreet ways or just flat-out being xenophobic towards either yourself or your own fellow Asians, being corrupted by Western ideals and standards isn’t common when it comes to us.

We’ve all fallen prey to it, even I have as well, there’s no denying that. From insulting the accents and dialects of the people in my country who live in the province as well as mocking someone for being uninformed about the gossips circulating Hollywood celebrities and even going as far as calling the songs of the singers here in my country tacky and low quality in comparison to Western songs. I have been there as well.

It may seem harmless at first because…

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