Have you been told by people that you look like a certain celebrity? Much to my annoyance, I have had multiple strangers tell me that I look like … Sandra Oh. Sandra Oh — that Asian actress chick that always plays the kooky best friend. Now before I begin my rant, I would like to state that I think Sandra Oh is a talented actress. Her performance in Sideways was perfectly lovely. Under the Tucsan Sun is one of my favorite chick flicks. She has survived 10 seasons on Grey’s Anatomy even after enduring stab wounds from icicles, terrifying plane crashes, and the never-ending drama that is Meredith and McDreamy. (I actually stopped watching eons ago so I really don’t know if there really is drama between Meredith and McDreamy. Do people even still call him McDreamy??)
But really, people. Must I continue to endure embarrassing encounters on crowded elevators where strangers exclaim to me, “OMG! Has anyone ever told you you look like that doctor on Grey’s Anatomy? Like, exactly like her.” How many more tight-lipped smiles will I have to force in response to these outbursts? Would it be socially acceptable to bitch slap the next person that says this to me?
Now I know to some people, it is not as easy to discern differences in Asian features as it to others. Some might argue that we all look alike. Personally, as an Asian-American, I think Japanese people look way different from Chinese people. And Chinese people look way different from Korean people (although this differentiation is a bit more difficult). But I get it. The slanty eyes. The flat faces. Black hair. Yellow skin.
So when you see a yellow Asian woman with curly hair, how could you NOT compare her to me? Yellow skin – check. Asian woman – check. Curly black hair – check. And I suppose on days when I eat ramen late at night and my face is especially puffy, or when I don’t have on any makeup, or when my hair is loose and wild, that I could look a bit like Sandra Oh.
Am I in denial? Do I really look like Sandra Oh?