Do you ever have something that you think up of that is mildly funny and you keep it to yourself and say “One day if I ever do stand up maybe I’ll use that as a bit.” That’s kind of a thing that I have going on now. See growing up I would travel a lot back and forth from New York because all of our family is from NYC. So every holiday, and every summer it was time to back my bags and fly north. It would always be infuriating because we had like 10 different suitcases that all sucked. Yet almost every weekend when my mom would go shopping at the mall we would almost always go into some sort of luggage shop and occasionally would buy one. There were ton of other Asians doing the same, and when my aunts came to town, they would always buy a new piece of luggage to take back up. Weird concept considering they flew down with the right amount of luggage but added another one to return home. From then on I kinda filed away an Asian stereotype joke about our addiction to buying luggage.
Fast forward to last year my buddy had a friend from china in town that he went to school with. We had nothing to do so we wandered the mall again. A billion stores that offer a wide selection of things you can throw money at but the store we spend the most time at is the Discount Luggage Outlet. I casually drop it to my friend that I think its a sneaky unknown stereotypes about Asians getting hard over a good quality piece of luggage. Half way through our time there joking about the Asian stereotypes I found my self actually liking and wanting a new suitcase for some reason. Just how smooth it was to pull out the roller handles, the accessibility of all the pockets, the make quality, how smooth the wheels are. It was all feeding into the joke perfectly but once we left, didn’t think much of it. Fast forward to a few weeks ago. Buddy and I have been talking about going to Vegas. Next thing you know out of no where I just get impulsive and black out for 4 hours and next thing you know I get a notification from Amazon saying I successfully completed my order for my new duffle bag. At that moment I gave in. In some weird way, Asians really have some weird fascination with luggage. Black people are tall and athletic as fuck and can dance. White people are Ben Affleck. Latins are late to things. Asians love looking at luggage. Next time you walk around a touristy mall count the number of Asians in a Discount luggage store. Maybe if you have the yellow fever, that’s the spot to approach them. I’m dead set on this stereotype about my people and I need the world to know this is a thing.