Okay, those who don't know me might think my last post was serious. It wasn't; I think laughing and joking about stereotypes is a good way to address and recognize that they're just generalizations and, ironically, generally not true.
Plus they make good fodder for jokes. At appropriate times and places with the appropriate people (in other words, your friends). It was easy for me to learn growing up in the melting pot that is New York City. I found it shows me how confident (and sensitive) people are about themselves.
That said, I'm equally likely to throw out stereotypical Asian jokes. Last night at the bar:
Me: "I think I'm going to start rocking bow ties."
Friend: "Do you even know how to tie one?!"
Me: "Do I know?! Hello! We people invented origami!"
Nail salons, dry cleaners, eating dogs, having a small penis; I've heard it all (probably coming from my own mouth); that's because I know what the real deal is. And I revel in the fact I know exactly what my uncle put in your kung pow chicken and moo shu pork. :)