Aly: Hey everyone!! Welcome to our channel! Chey: Guess what we will do today? We want to explain more about our deaf culture We want all of you guys to understand What our deaf culture is like And we’ll explain more about what we don’t like And different things like our experiences “Rules” There will be many things we will do today Aly: Okay so we want to start first by talking about what? Languages Like for example, we have America English Spanish, French, Chinese That is the same goes for our sign language Chey: We have three official sign languages here in USA ASL – that is American Sign Language SEE – Sign Exact English PSE – mix of ASL and SEE Did you know there is over 300 languages in the whole world wide? That’s really cool, 300! Aly: Whoa, that’s pretty impressive, right? Chey: “How do hearing people communicate with deaf people?” We have different ways like for example Lip reading We want you all to know that Not all deaf people know how to lip read well Like for example, there is different skill levels Like for example, I can lip read But it’s not like I can catch the whole thing For example, I can’t understand the whole conversation I have to be slow and process to be able to understand what the person is saying Aly: Like for me, I can lip read pretty well I grew up orally Means that I can communicate with hearing people Chey: I don’t want all of you guys to “assume” That all of us deaf people can lip read well Not all Some deaf people can’t even understand a single word the person is saying Doesn’t mean how they tell words, just blah blah Aly: The difference between ASL and SEE is ASL is more VISUAL SEE is more like signs with exact words from a sentence Chey: What is ASL? 3-D language with gestures Like imagine looking at your signs in a 360 degrees view SEE is more like every exact word said while signing Feels like there’s no imagination ASL do have imagination so you get the idea what it looks like All deaf people tend to go through different experiences Some deaf people will grow up with a family full of deaf people Or some deaf people will grow up with a family that is a mix of deaf and hearing people Or some others will grow up a family full of hearing people with no knowledge of signing Like for example, I grew up in a hearing family So that’s why I was raised orally I learned SEE first actually I learned English, how to write proper grammar. It helped me learn better Until I first entered high school, all deaf people were only fully ASL and I didn’t understand So I had to pick up fast and learn ASL Then I learned that ASL is very visual So now my sign language is a mix of ASL and SEE Chey: I grew up with a deaf family, I’m the third generation But that doesn’t mean that I know a lot about ASL My mom used to be a student at Gallaudet University (deaf college) So her sign language is very strong ASL But mine is a mix of ASL and PSE, same with my dad It’s a very different experience compared to a deaf family and a hearing family It’s a huge difference, it’s not the same There’s one story about my mom when she was a little kid She had a sister, “my aunt” Both went trick and treat, they were very excited They were young, you know of course they would get candies So they went to one specific area and knocked on the house Then the old lady opened the door and greeted them Obviously my mom couldn’t hear what she was saying so she just nodded My aunt had to let the old lady know that she is deaf Then you know what the old woman said to my mom? The old lady freaked out and said, “Don’t touch me, GET OUT!” That made me feel shocked/disgusted and that’s just rude! That doesn’t mean it is contagious if we touch you. That won’t happen Aly: How is that even related? Chey: Exactly! Aly: Because deaf is only related to our hearing It’s not mental, it’s not a disease We’re not even cursed Chey: Some hearing people would judge deaf people and that makes me feel offended Because we’re all the same, we are human beings There’s really NO difference between us, it’s just only our hearing that’s all Aly: We all have the same feelings as you guys do We just want to make sure that you do understand that we’re just like you guys, human beings We have a lot of stuff in our deaf culture We have deaf colleges/universities like Gallaudet in Washington DC There’s so many different things That doesn’t mean that we are different from you guys Ok I think this is a stupid question When hearing people like you guys ask a question to a deaf person How do you become deaf? Aly: Like why? Chey: Not all deaf people aren’t born that actually become deaf There’s some diseases like for example, measles that would cause you to become deaf Like german measles, I mean Then you will eventually become deaf Or when you grow up older and then you get hearing loss And there’s some that are born deaf naturally There’s different ways to become deaf Aly: We need communication access So we notice around the whole world wide that there’s not much communication access for us Chey: There’s one thing that make me feel sick to my stomach since growing up Like let’s take a look at yourself You guys have LOTS of access like music, everything else that’s related to hearing You guys have so many RIGHTS/amendments and laws that can be added with no problem But then deaf people keep asking..asking..asking to add the rights for us For example, movie theaters used to provide captions on the screen But now, they took it away and changed it into something else And that made us feel offended and made us wonder where did our rights go? Like we only ask for very little. We’re not asking for something BIG Aly: EXACTLY Chey: But we just feel like it’s not fair that we deaf people let hearing people oppress us You guys have so many rights compared to us, we only have little bit. That’s not fair It would be really nice if you guys understand and let us get what we want and NEED Aly: We want to feel like we’re included with you guys, not excluded Not feel like removed. We just want to be same as you guys. BE EQUAL WITH YOU Chey: How do we, deaf people communicate with hearing people? Like she said before, we have interpreters We have videophone Some deaf people have videophone in their homes We will have interpreters in the internet and I can sign For example, I can give the phone number and the interpreter will call so I can communicate through with the interpreter and the person behind the call I think that’s pretty cool right? Another way is writing obviously. That’s the most common way to do We could use texting to communicate. There’s different ways to do Please don’t put a label on deaf people after you meet them Whatever remember they have been through a lot Really, you can’t blame them That’s how we feel in the hearing world. It’s hard to express our feelings because we kept being oppressed But if you’re going to be rude to our deaf culture, that’s a different story Aly: Exactly Like we do respect you guys so we want to feel respected the same way Chey: That’s our goal to see America to be the same like EQUAL We don’t want to be undivided For example, women and men’s pay rate could be equal That could be the same for deaf people for example Aly: That’s it for the video! We really hope that you guys liked the video Hopefully you guys learned a lot about our deaf culture and the exposure Chey: And understand how we feel. We will eventually explain more about deaf culture later in future videos! Aly: We will have more like ASL lessons so stay tuned for that! So don’t forget to subscribe and like our video! Comment what you think, we would appreciate your opinions! So stay tuned for our next video, see you guys later!