The Woke Person’s Guide to Offending Asians

Jackie M
4 min readFeb 9, 2022

How many ways do you know how to say “How are you?”

I know someone who can say it in, I don’t know, 30 languages? Impressive, no?

When I hosted him for a week as an overseas guest, the first thing he would say to any service staff we encountered was “How are you?” in their native language.

A Chinese yum cha waitress was chuffed, a Vietnamese waitress rolled her eyes and stifled a sneer, and a Burmese restaurateur asked him a question in return, only to be met with a blank look because “How are you?” were…