We really appreciate your comments, and we learn a lot from them. Some of our readers say they’ve experienced racism, while others say they haven’t. Why is it that some people are targeted while others are not? There have been several instances where a reader will mention they have never been victimized by racists because they happen to be very tall or muscular.
Racists are cowards and target those who they perceive as weak. Asians in white media are often portrayed as wimps, and so a lot of Americans get the notion that it’s safe to pick on the Asian guys. Oftentimes since Asian parents emphasize education over sports and socializing, a lot of Asian American guys can be scrawny in comparison to the average American kids who can’t count to ten but can catch a football.
How can you avoid getting picked on? One answer is to get stronger and bigger by lifting weights. There are many benefits to this. You get stronger so that you can protect yourself in case a punk ass provokes you. When you get physically stronger, you get more confident in your social life. It’s definitely true that if you feel good about yourself, you tend to radiate that. But, the best thing about gaining some muscle is that it will intimidate the racists, and they will avoid giving you trouble. They will look at your physique, think twice, and move on to easier prey.
I think a lot of Asians do not do weight training. Although Asians are just as active in sports, many of them just don’t lift. My dad was a muscular guy, but I never saw him weight train. He did stuff like push ups, sit ups, boxing, and running to stay in shape. The traditional martial arts like Karate or Taekwondo work the body by doing drills and training that uses the weight of the body. They rarely involve lifting heavy metal. Also, I think that many Asians like myself thought that Asian guys genetically can’t get that muscular and bulky. But the more research I do, I realize this is false.
I came across this guy on YouTube recently, and was thoroughly impressed. He is well-spoken, confident, intelligent, ripped, and he has a great system for gaining muscle and strength while losing weight. His name is Mike Chang , and he went from being obese to getting ripped through lifting weights, studying the body, and eating smart. He did so well that he became a full time personal trainer, and created Six Pack Shortcuts online. He is an Asian American guy who is shattering all the stereotypes we face. I think he’s a great role model.
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