Apr 5, 2006

Wilfred Wong tastes 8,000 wines annually.

Wilfred Wong tastes 8,000 wines annually. He is America's most prolific wine judge. When I read this, I thought two things: (1) Is that his real name? Because the alliteration is all too convenient, and if you were an Asian person picking a Western name for yourself, why would you choose one with so many unpronounceable consonants in it? And, (2) Am I a small-minded racist? Because I would be so much more likely to trust his point assignations if his name sounded French.

I don't think of myself as a racist, but maybe that's just because I'm too polite to be dangerous. When Jessie and I took a hip hop class at the gym last week (an experience more embarrassing than can be described), I was humiliated and frustrated to see how much better most of the people were getting the steps than Jessie and I. Except the Asian guy. I totally expected the Asians to get it. And then I corrected by pointing out one Asian woman with a cartoon-like overbite and saying, "Except her."

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