People who experience privilege based on their ethnicity shouldn't be telling people who face adversity based on their ethnicity that nobody's ethnicity counts. That's just ignorant and inaccurate. Don't invalidate my experience just because it never happened to you, and don't think that just because you think it shouldn't happen (which is great), that it doesn't happen.
If an Asian-American watching Kristi Yamaguchi says watching Kristi Yamaguchi inspired them as an Asian-American, then
I don't give ... how I look and how everybody else looks. I look American. If I were black or blue I would also look American. If I were dotted yellow, striped green and orange or spotted purple, I would look American too.
If I lived in Brazil I would look Brazilian, if I lived in Japan I would look Japanese and if I lived in Nigeria I would look Nigerian. Simply: Human.
So...the Polish flag on your profile is just accidental? Why not an American flag, hmm?Exactly. Why even talking about it? American is American. There is literally NOTHING else.
I might be labelled a Polish American, but for Americans I am simply an American. Period.
I thought Michelle Kwan wanted to be like Tonya Harding and practice 3A's, until Frank Carroll tuned her into Janet Lynn. Heh. Those are the inspirations that I recall Kwan mentioning at least. Maybe she had more.Michelle by Kristi
Just wanted to share: The first Asian American to represent the US in Olympic figure is Kristi Yamaguchi in 1992. Here is the list and you can see how far we have come. As an Asian American, this is a big deal for me and our community.
1992 Kristi Yamaguchi
1994 Kyoko Ina, Elizabeth Punsalan
1998 Kyoko Ina, Michelle Kwan, Elizabeth Punsalan
2002 Kyoko Ina, Michelle Kwan
2010 Mirai Nagasu, Amanda Evora
2014 Madison Chock, Maia Shibutani, Alex Shibutani (first Asian American man to represent the US in the Olympics!), Felicia Zhang
2018 Nathan Chen, Vincent Zhou, Karen Chen, Mirai Nagasu, Alex Shibutani, Maia Shibutani, Madison Chock
Did you know the first non-European ancestry skaters of any country to ever medal at Worlds in ice dance are the Shibutanis? In a perfect world, the same opportunities would seem open to anyone regardless of race. However, that's not the world we're in - and a minority kid looking at ice dance before the Shibs broke that barrier would probably assume they're not welcome, especially given how subjective ice dance is. Think of how much more popular skating in general would be if it were more representation at the elite levels.
So...the Polish flag on your profile is just accidental? Why not an American flag, hmm?
I thought Michelle Kwan wanted to be like Tonya Harding and practice 3A's, until Frank Carroll tuned her into Janet Lynn. Heh. Those are the inspirations that I recall Kwan mentioning at least. Maybe she had more.
There's really no shortage of role-models to choose from, whether they sort of look like you or don't!I think that Michelle's big role model and inspiratiion in skating was Brian Boitano.