Monday, June 25, 2012

Is it customary?

I always find myself watching Border Patrol on the telly, which is an Australian reality show about the Customs people in an Aussie airport. They are the folks whose job is to scan the bleary-eyed people who've just come off a long-haul flight and pick out the suspicious-looking ones.

For some reason, most of these people are Asian and the rest seem to be Middle-Eastern. Now, I would be the first to admit that the occasional homesick Asian will try to smuggle in an illegal taste of home in their strangely lumpy luggage.

But white folks aren't all innocent you know - like, Schappelle Corby was white and she got caught with a load of drugs in her surfing bag. Though that was in Bali. Maybe the Balinese think all white people look suspicious and the Australians think that all Asians and Middle-Easterners look suspicious.

It seems to me that certain races are being targeted just because they aren't white.
Or is the stereotypical goody-two-shoes Asian just a big fat myth?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I always get explosive tested when I fly. Like clockwork. And I'm only half Asian (and mostly get mistaken for PI). And ionly had a dead chicken in my bag onetime. Just kidding.

When I was growing up everyone always assumed I was really good at maths and my dad was a rich market gardener cause he's Chinese. Which is sort of advantageous racism...