Monday, January 09, 2006

Welcome to The Lazy Asian

After months of encouragement from my friends, and after being true to this blog's title by sitting on my ass for a few months more - i've finally decided to start The Lazy Asian.

So what exactly is The Lazy Asian about? Well, first off - it's not autobiographical - at least that's my official position. Potential employers might stumble upon this little piece of cyberspace, and for the record, I'm a very hardworking Asian. Second, it has nothing to do with Asians at all (at least, not directly). I'll re-visit this point a little later.

The Lazy Asian is quite simply, a celebration of success through minimal effort.

Let me elaborate.

America is the land of opportunity. The American Dream, as it's traditionally known, implies that if you work hard enough, you can achieve anything. But there's another version of the American Dream that's often overlooked - the one where you sit on your ass, get lucky and still become successful. This is success through minimal effort - and its harder to achieve than you think: Anyone can work hard if they try. Not everyone can sit on their ass and still come out on top.

It is the mission of The Lazy Asian to highlight both topical and random examples of this phenomenon. And as you will soon discover, examples aren't just limited to individuals. Low effort-to-success ratios can be achieved by companies, animals, philosophies - even inanimate objects. Some examples will be obvious. Some will be shocking. Most you won't give a crap about.

Why the title The Lazy Asian?
Of all the negative racial stereotypes that exist, Asians are fortunate enough to lay claim to a positive one: they're hard working. Hence the term "Lazy Asian" is somewhat of a cultural contradiction - and it is this contradiction that allows us (i'm Asian, so I can say this) to be lazy from time to time while still being relatively successful in society. "Lazy Asian" perfectly and succinctly exemplifies success through minimal effort and thus titles this blog.

Have you found other Lazy Asians?
The Lazy Asian is always looking for more examples of success through minimal effort. Examples are everywhere if you look hard enough. If you find something, please send it my way and I'll share it with everyone. I'll even give you full credit. That's a Lazy Asian promise.


At 4:20 PM, Blogger ProudMary said...

i know one! he's not asian, but he does live in california. (how's that for a stereotype?) this guy i know, who for the record is the laziest mofo out there... took him SIX AND A HALF YEARS to graduate college- - undergrad-- because he was too lazy to even register every semester, let alone show up to class--- when he got his first job many years back, he promptly assumed the attitude he was far too important to be bothered with little details, subsequently "delegated" everything to the whip-smart people he hired who were far hungrier than he was- and sat back and configured his Napster app., and tried to engage anyone he knew in "dirty IM" sessions.
10 years later, he still knows nothing about his industry, is at the top of his field.. and a millionaire...several times over.

At 12:07 AM, Anonymous michelle said...

Awesome idea - finally someone is calling this out!

At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love this site. your blogs are awesome. i read plently of them and laughed

At 12:59 AM, Blogger redkinoko said...

This site is awesome man. I spent the day reading your site at work and now I feel like such a drain in the economy. But what the heck, it's worth it.

At 3:07 PM, Anonymous momo said...

finding this site just made my day.

At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

im not sure how i found your site, but i heart it.

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Lazy. You made our evenihng...

At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this lazy asian sitting right in front of me in the computer lab lets his white teammate and the other presumably non-asian "Travis" guy do all the work in the project,
and the hardworking white guy only assigns the lazy asian to only do 10% of the worksheet, leaving the caucasian dude to do the rest, now that's unfair!


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