Now who uses cameras more than Asian people? Of course that is a racist and stereotypical assumption, but I am Asian and I am allowed to make racist and stereotypical assumptions as they refer to me! I am mostly a videographer myself, but many, many, many members of my family are straight up photo addicted. And my Asian friends sometimes get so hopped up on taking pictures that that they get ‘picture drunk.’ They try to get people to pose together, staggering further and further back to get a better shot, to include all the faces in the frame, to make sure nothing is growing out of someone’s head in the background, or to make sure something is growing out of someone’s head in the background. Like drunks, they are in their own universe, not knowing or caring when they are about to knock into some unsuspecting bystander. If they aren’t in the frame, they don’t exist. They shouldn’t exist. All they care about is the picture, and not that your drink is going to be spilled everywhere. All they care about is the shot. They are high on the frame and getting something good to put up on their facebook so they can tag away! So it upsets me to no end that some of these newfangled face detection cameras are actually racist! Asian people using them are told by the camera that the subject blinked – when in truth, this is how our eyes are!
I have had it with the inherent racism in so many different types of products. I can’t wear a sleeping mask, even though I must sleep many times during daylight hours because of my work schedule. Almost every kind of sleeping mask I have ever tried pushes my eyes back into my skull. I don’t have deep eye sockets. My eyeballs are seated at the front of my face, which is common in most Asian faces. And so I stay awake all day long when I desperately need sleep. Because of racism! I have never had a pair of glasses fit properly because I don’t have a raised bridge on my nose. My nose will not support eyewear. It’s like the world would rather I not see. I don’t wear sunglasses because of this bizarre phenomenon. It seems that 1/4 or more of the earth’s population is in the same boat as I when it comes to glasses. We are the boat people who are not supposed to sleep, not supposed to see, and not supposed to take pictures to witness what is happening to us!
If you can find me a non-racist pair of glasses, a sleeping mask that will not hold my head hostage and a face detection camera that understands that Asian people are not ‘blinking,’ then you will have found the beginning of true progress.