I am a Chinese, and I was always live in China before I go to college. When my freshmen year of college life, I found out that almost all my friends are Asian, more exactly is East Asian who share the same culture and appearance with me. My friends also only have Asian friends. I do know some American friends, but not so familiar, just know each other and say hi to each other when we meet on the street. When I go to campus cafeteria, I found an interesting thing that there is East Asian sat with East Asian, Arabian sat with Arabian; Black sat with Black, and White sat with White in most case. That is the Bubble. I am Chinese, and I am sinking in Asian Bubble.
Why does that happen? Before I came to the United States, I told myself thousands of times that I need to be more outgoing and sociable. I need to spend more time to hang out with people not same races with me, but I still sinking in Asian Bubble now. I know the disadvantage of Asian Bubble. It is not okay for me to know American culture and find out more about the country. Here is an article talks about the Asian Bubble. This article thinks the Bubble things like Asian Bubble is kind of Self-Segregation. I totally agree with that.
When I first come to the United States, I was eager to have more different races friends. Because of the international student’s orientation, I know lots of Chinese and Korean friends, and they always are with me. I tried to talk with other races people, and be friends with them. But, I gradually feel it is so hard for me. As a Chinese man born and bred, I feel I know nothing about American culture, and sometimes I don’t understand what they talk about. I cannot get their jokes, and some pop words. But, when I am with Asian, we almost share the same culture, so I know a lot about how to make friend with them. For Chinese, We speak the same language which makes us so easy to be a friend and we feel comfortable to be with each other, because we know each other much more. For my Korean friends, we must talk in English, but we share the almost same culture, we do understand each joke even we need to translate in English. Almost like Chinese, Korean knows what I said. I still remember, last time I want to say twenty-two to my Korean friend, by mistake, I said twelve-two; the thing surprised me is that he understand what I am talking about, and he did not even found out that I am wrong. People all feel more comfortable to hang out with the people who can understand them. I guess this is the reason that why Asian Bubble happens. This article totally proved my idea about the Asian Bubble.
From my perspective and the Chinese I know, there is also the language barrier that promotes the form of Asian Bubble. I know lots of Chinese think their English are not good enough to talk with English speakers, and they feel shy to talk to them. They believe that they will get discriminated by English speakers just because they cannot speak English fluently. So, they began to stay in Asian bubble, and they feel more comfortable to stay in Asian Bubble, then they will never leave Asian Bubble. This fun youtube video using a funny way to explain this.