"Fat for an Asian"

I want to call a moratorium on the phrase “fat for an Asian.”  This phrase has power only because it banks on stereotypes, and these stereotypes only have influence because we internalize them as a minority group.  

The phrase “fat for a White person” doesn’t have the same impact or ‘make sense’ because as a society we acknowledge that people who are white come in all shapes and sizes.  Through the media and through every day life all Americans are exposed to white persons with a broad range of body sizes. 

Think about what this phrase really means about the person being described–are they an exception for a blanket stereotype?  "For an Asian" sets a whole new standard for “fat.”   What does “for an Asian” even mean?


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