I took my bike out for a spin last weekend. Great weather and all. And decided to go to Crystal Mall in Burnaby to have some Asian food. The underground parking lot was jam packed. I waited around and found my self a parking spot convenient enough right by the stairs. While taking off my helmet i saw a van slowly backing into the spot I AM IN !!! At first i thought the guy THOUGHT i am leaving, so i waved and signal him.
He stopped as EVERY CAR in the parking lot honking at him. The Van now diagonally stopped and blocking all traffic. No one wants to let him back into the lane. (car beside him will not back up for him to get back into the lane) It turn into complete chaos. NO one has the decency to let him back into the lane, instead everyone just kept honking and advancing towards HIM. So in all wisdom accounted, he roll down his window and tell me to move my bike towards the stair case, so he can take my spot.
I shook my head, and signaled the car behind him to back up. The that guy also rolled down his window and told me to move my bike ! I dunno how they treat bikers in China, but sorry in Canada we get a spot too. So i said, "Why don't you back up so the van can get going " Instead of replying me in human language the younger guy in his car HONKED AGAIN !!!!!
Now i finally got my gears off, and ready to walk away, but afraid they might do something to my bike. I light my cigarette and decided to have a smoke to see what is going on. There, they had a mexican stand off for another 10 minutes before the traffic eventually let the van back to driving lane. SOME HOW i was to blame !! as the young driver pass me, he flip me the finger.
Now I am sure there will be some of you telling me i could have solve the situation by backing down. I could have. BUT I won't because its just WRONG.
I know stereo typing is a bad thing. Certainly i don't want people telling me i can't drive, because i am Asian too. However is not that Asian's can't drive. Its not the physical skill of moving the steering wheel they lack. Its their manner, it ties in with everything. They are more likely to cut you off, they are most likely to ran stop signs. Against the contrary its not because they can't see the sign. (nothing to do with the eyes) Its simple because THEY DON"T CARE. They are selfish in terms of driving. If they see a empty spot, THEY WANT IT!! And really quick to look for the minority (in my case, the BIKER) to solve their problem.
I am not against Asian drivers. I am against FOB Asian drivers. Everyone I know that are Canadian Born Chinese, drives just like everyone else. However my friends that had only arrive in Canada in the past 10 years don't care about basic road manner at all. They will NEVER STOP for pedestrian, even if they have hit them. (No i did not report my friend, however i did persuade him to turn him self in)
It's those FOBs making a bad name for the rest of Asian, that can proudly call themselves Canadian.
YES I AM RACIST!!!!
I told this story to a chinese buddy, he told me i am RACIST to my own kind, and i should be ashamed of myself.
ok...FTS..i a done ranting.