Frank talk about being Asian explores diversity, exposes stereotypes

Who gets to be Asian? And what does being Asian really mean?

It all depends upon whom you ask — and to mark Asian Heritage Month, CBC Manitoba did just that.

CBC reporter Joanne Roberts gathered together five Manitobans from five Asian communities (including her own) in a sunlit studio near downtown Winnipeg.

Together, they compared notes on everything from culture to cultural appropriation to cultural stereotypes in a special CBC Manitoba series: Being Asian. Competing truths.

‘I have never been stereotyped’

3 hours ago

Duration 5:25

CBC reporter Joanne Roberts and five other Asian Manitobans give differing perspectives on being stereotyped.

‘It’s OK for non-Asian people to wear traditional Asian clothing’

3 hours ago

Duration 3:31

CBC reporter Joanne Roberts and five other Asian Manitobans give differing perspectives on cultural appropriation.

‘I am good at math’

3 hours ago

Duration 4:43

CBC reporter Joanne Roberts and five other Asian Manitobans take on a common Asian stereotype.

‘Other people know that I’m Asian’

3 hours ago

Duration 3:49

CBC reporter Joanne Roberts and five other Asian Manitobans talk about how others see them versus who they really are.

‘It’s OK for someone from one Asian background to portray someone from another’

2 days ago

Duration 4:13

Or is it? CBC reporter Joanne Roberts and five other Asian Manitobans give differing perspectives on cultural appropriation within a community.

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