Hola, Yo soy Zahira Tucker. Tengo catorce años. Soy de Harrisburg pero vivo en Filadelfia.
Me Baj@,extrañ@ y muy talentos@. Me moy hermos@.
Me encanta cantar y bailar. No me gusta Nada estudiar.Prefiero leer y dormir.Me gusta escuchar música.Me fascina Taylor Swift y Justin Beiber sin embargo no me gusta nada la música de Meek Mill. Me moren@. Me Africano-American@, Chin@, mexican@, de decendencia europea.
Everyone gets made fun of for something, even if that something is precious. You can't please everyone because someone will always have a problem with what you do. The Japanese culture interests me. I don't understand why people have a problem with my taste, it has nothing to do with them.I don’t owe anyone an explanation as to why I love the Japanese culture. Anyone can make fun of me as much as they wish, but my love for the culture will never change.
Ever since people in middle school found out I had a thing for the Japanese culture, I've been teased for it. Non-anime lovers somehow found out about the word weeaboo, and started labeling me as such. That...is not a good thing. A weeaboo is a person who has a serious mental condition. They think they are characters in an anime living in japan, etc.This term was coined in Japan to make fun of manga and anime lovers. It is considered to be an insult. Weeaboos in Japan are highly frowned upon. In the past, if you were considered a weeaboo, you were even disowned!
All that being said, I think it’s safe to say that I am NOT a weeaboo. I am simply a big fan of the japanese culture, and strive to immerse myself in the language. One day I hope to become fluent in Japanese. One day, I hope to learn the language, and become fluent in it. I also want my house to be rich in cultural artifacts and encourage my children to explore cultures other than their own.
They say high school can be a pain. This past summer, a girl who goes to school with me went to the same girl scout camp. We are in her tent reading a letter that her boyfriend sent her. At some point during our letter reading, she read out loud, “Oh yeah, tell your weeb friend I said hi.”
I look at her puzzled. “What? Who's he talking about?”
She smiled at me and said, “Yeah he knows that you like anime, but he couldn't remember your name.”
I folded my arms with a curious expression and said “Well, does he even know what a weeb is? Do you? That's totally not what it means.”
She made a defensive and worried face. “Well yeah I know a weeb is suppose to be a bad thing, but you do love anime a lot, not that there's anything wrong with that,” she said.
“According to the Japanese it's an insult!” My face become flushed from anger.“It’s a big deal to people like me. It’s an insult in Japan. It means I’m mental and think that I live in an anime world. I’m not that crazy, or am I?” I smirk to try and play off my anger and she playfully smacks me.
I’ve had many experiences with this, and it’s the same thing over and over again. People really don’t know the meaning of the word, and how hurtful it can be. It’s very hard sometimes telling people I am in to the Japanese culture. If someone brings it up I will admit to liking it, but I will never bring it up on my own. Being weighed down by the insult, I am too shy to admit my love for the culture. My friends in middle school didn't know I liked anime and manga until years after I met them . I've known my best friend for 5 years, and she didn't find out till last year. It’s a shame that insults hide people. I feel like I need to lock my thoughts up in a cage and throw them in a dark room so nobody can find them.The thing you love to do is personal to you and no one can come between that. I love anime and manga because it makes me happy. It saved me from being alone when I had nobody to stand by me. It will always be my savior, and I will never stop loving it. The Japanese culture will always stay in my heart. Don’t let anyone make you feel small because of your interests. At the end of the day it’s your happiness that matters, not what other people think.
Soy as guapa. Soy rubia. Soy Americana. Soy siempre divertido.
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“Yo, there’s some crazy jawn that’s over in the city! Let’s slide thru real quick and make this the move!” Okay, whatever, let’s go. “ard, let’s dip!” is what comes out my mouth. “Zahirah, how was school?” it was ard i guess. “It was good, I hung out with some friends, and had a good day. How was work?”
I am one of those people that when it comes to language, I have two different personas. I can be completely formal, mostly around adults, and polite- or in other words, I talk like I have ever picked up a book before. I can’t speak a certain way in front of my grandmother, and expect to not get slapped or lectured about my grammar. The way I was brought up in my family, improper grammar and slang, is just simply not acceptable or tolerated. I was always told to “speak like a lady, like you are talking to the president of the United States”, and in turn there is always an expectation that I follow in front of my elders. “Don’t use the word ain’t in my house. Don’t refer to things as jawns in my presence! I know I raised you to know better than that young lady.” These are the rules in which I had based my childhood off of in my home, and it has benefitted me so much. My vocabulary was forced to expand, and I am able to surprise adults when I speak to them for the first time because they’re used to hearing a child of color talk with a drawl, or improper English.
However, when I am around my friends, or people my age, speaking the way that they do, or sounding like I come from the streets, and know all this slang is more beneficial than isn’t. Part of that is society’s fault because it made teenagers my age think differently of anybody who “talks right”. I’d get called stuck up, or uppity, and looked at in a weird way if I actually name objects instead of saying jawn, or saying isn’t instead of ain’t. My entire persona switches up really quickly when I get around my friends, and I curse more than usual. I go against everything that I was taught as a child.
“How are you doing?”
That’s too proper.
“Wassup, how you been?”
For awhile I often felt really conflicted because I was being put in situations when I had to constantly switch up the two different ways I talked. It caused me to often stumble upon my words, and that resulted in me being insecure to speak sometimes.
Growing up with the two different dialogues I was being taught, and also influenced to say have made me into an individual that I hope stands out with her voice. I used to be so confused and conflicted over which kind of speech I could use around which kind of people, and after a while it became an everyday struggle trying to switch up the two. As time went on, I realized that there was no need to keep changing myself to fit the situation. I came up with my own way of how I communicate combining both dialects I’ve grown up around. It’s helped me really be more comfortable with my own voice, and has helped me communicate to people better when I feel comfortable with the way I sound.
In class, we watched a video about a boy who was being bullied at school and then cyber bullied when he got home. Whenever he was about to get bullied, we would have to click the anti-bullying emoji to make the situation better.
This brings up how if someone is a witness, they can help prevent the bullying rather than letting it happen.
Online, there are people with the same name as me that make me appear manly or transgender.
People will perceive me as someone who isn’t me such as the transgender man or the varsity football WR. If they are interviewing me, they will think I am someone completely different than who I am in person.
The goal of internet trolls is to make other people suffer and see them get hurt.
- One positive thing about online anonymity is so that strangers can not know everything about you and be able to find you or bully you. One negative thing is that you could get bullied and the trolls could get to you.
“Don’t say the word jawn.”
“Why not, I hear Dad say it all the time.”
“I don’t want my son to sound ghetto.”
My mom told me this as I was having an average conversation with her. I was using the word jawn to describe an object in the room. I don’t really use a lot of slang when I talk, so I took offense when she told me that she doesn’t want me to sound ghetto. Every time I say something that she considers to be ghetto she will tell me, “Even though you live in the ghetto you don’t have to act ghetto.” It sounds like a tape recorder on replay.
“It’s not like I talk like this all the time.” I said.
“I don’t care, just don’t use that word.”
“Okay whatever you say woman.”
I walk away not really listening to my Mom’s advice because I know how to control my language around different types of people. I talk usually talk proper with my mom, but when I talk proper with my Dad’s side of the family it’s a whole different perspective. I was at my grandma’s house one day and I was having a conversation with my aunt she’s the complete opposite of proper, she doesn’t have a filter on anything that comes from her mouth. She speaks her mind no matter the consequences, which is an unsavory character trait.
“How’s school?”Aunt Maria asked.
“It’s going okay, I am just kind of stressed out because I have a lot of work to do. Other than that it’s fine.”
“You sound like a gringo.”
“This is just the way I talk.” I said.
I walked away thinking about what she said. If you don’t know what a “gringo” is, it’s a person who doesn’t know spanish but in this context she was using it as a way to say “you sound white.” This got me a little mad , I knew that I talked proper but being called a gringo was a punch to the gut. In order to not be called a gringo anymore, I tried speaking a little more slang and spanish around my family. A couple months later I was at my grandma’s house again and my grandma served me food.
“Gracias” I said.
“Denada” My grandma replied.
“Why do you say gracias like that?” My 10 year cousin teased.
“You say it funny.”
No matter how hard I try there is not a win-win with my Dad’s side of the family. That is why I like talking to my Mom’s side of the family more. I can talk about anything and in anyway I want to and not be judged by them. With my uncle I always talk about reptiles and game and not feel like an outcast in my own family.
“How is your bearded dragon doing.” My uncle asked
“He is doing well, I just bought him a new heating bulb the other day.”
“That’s cool, I just got my leopard gecko the other day.¨
“How big is it.”
“It is about 6 inches.”
If I talked like that with Dad’s side of the family, they will silently judge me and think that I’m weird. I forgive them though because that is the way they talk and I understand that me talking a certain can be really foreign to them. As J.K. Rowling said, “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” I forgive them for judging the way I talk and this will help me become better at being more attached to my roots. I want to fit with my family without abandoning who I am as a person.
In the end, it doesn’t what people think as long as you are comfortable with the way you talk. The only people you have to please is yourself and the people close to you. I am going to continue talking how I want to talk and you should too.
Hola, me llamo Andy Mineo. Tengo 27(veintisiete) años. Soy de Syracuse pero vivo en Uptown, New York.
Soy sociable, trabajador, y divertido. Chicos y Chicas dicen que soy talentoso y creativo. Es cierto.
Me encanta escuchar música. Yo canto pero No me gusta nada correr. Muy difícil. Prefiero dormir y pasar tiempo con mi mejor amigo. También, me gusta escribir y Lecrae.
¿Te gusta escuchar música?
Soy Shilo. Tengo 14 años. Soy de Filadelfia.
Soy baja y morena. Soy seria y creativa.
Me gusta tremendamente escuchar música y ver la tele. No me gusta tremendamente hacer la tera y bailar. ¿Qué te gusta hacer?
Hola, Me llamo Jhene Aiko. Tengo vientesiete aǹos. Soy de Los Angeles, California.
Soy baja, morena, muy talentosa, inteligente y artistica.
Me encanta cantar y escuchar mùsica. Me fascina Kendrick Lamar. Uf, no me gusta nada ir a la escuela. Soy odio bailar.¿te gusta tocar la guitarra?