When my friend Phil Yu, who runs the illustrious news site Angry Asian Man, asked me to write a guest post on his site while he takes a much-needed vacation to the mother continent, I wasn't sure that I'd have time to write something. But Phil has always been a great supporter of MetroDad and when I heard that my boys Yul Kwon, Parry Shen and Bobby Choy were contributing also, I knew I couldn't say no.
Anyway, despite the fact that this site deals primarily with the subject of being a single 41-year-old Korean-American parent in New York City, I tend to get a ton of e-mails from younger Asian/Asian-American readers from around the world so I thought I'd take the opportunity to answer a few of them all at once.
Here's the first question I received:
It seems like everywhere I look these days, non-Asian people are sporting Asian-motif tattoos. Usually, they're Chinese characters of some sort. How do I tell people how cliched and absurd these tattoos are?
San Francisco, CA
I feel your pain. There's a great story about a certain unnamed NBA player whom, when asked about his tattoo, replied that it meant "turbulent flow." Unfortunately, it seems the player had simply picked characters from the tattoo parlor's catalog. When the characters were put together, the tattoo was actually translated as "crazy diarrhea."
I suggest that you follow my lead. Whenever you see someone sporting Chinese character tattoos, just tap them on the shoulder and say, "Damn, I like Moo Shu Pork too but I never thought about getting it tattooed on my bicep. Ballsy move, dude!"
Let me know how it works out.
To read the rest of my inane advice to today's youth, head over Angry Asian Man.