October 15, 2008

A young Asian hero is something to be

Filed under: asia,culture,east-west,teaching — Kim @ 1:23 pm

With thanks and doffed cap to John Lennon, the following is a not entirely fair, not entirely untrue take on my experiences of the Japanese, Thai, Chinese, and Korean education systems.

As soon as you’re born they make your world small
By feeding you country instead of it all
And you need to get outside to see it at all
A young Asian hero is something to be
A young Asian hero is something to be

You’ll get spoiled at home and then stifled at school
They love you to pass tests and swallow their drool
Till you’re so used to follow you follow the rule
A young Asian hero is something to be
A young Asian hero is something to be

When they’ve bullied and cowed you for twenty odd years
Then they expect you to slave at a career
And you don’t try to object because of your fear
A young Asian hero is something to be
A young Asian hero is something to be

Keep you doped with the papers and crap on TV,
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free,
But you’re still cannon fodder from what I can see,
A young Asian hero is something to be
A young Asian hero is something to be

There’s room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the fools on the hill
A young Asian hero is something to be
A young Asian hero is something to be
A young Asian hero is something to be
A young Asian hero is something to be

If you want to be happy, don’t listen to me
If you want to be happy, don’t listen to me.

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