Like, where are you from from?
No, where are you originally from?
I mean, where were your parents born?
Look, I guess what I’m trying to say is...
What kind of Asian are you?
In the mid-1800s, thousands of Chinese came to California to either work in the gold fields or later to build the railroad. By 1870, there were roughly 63,000 Chinese in the United States. Popular sentiment in the U.S. quickly turned against Chinese immigrants.
In spite of their indispensable role in the development of the American West, the Chinese suffered severe exploitation. They were discriminated against in terms of pay and forced to work under abysmal conditions. White workers viewed them as economic competitors and racial inferiors, thereby stimulating the passage of discriminatory laws and the commission of widespread acts of violence against the Chinese.
Chinese workers were prevented from immigrating to America by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Its passage was a watershed event in American history. Besides identifying for the first time a specific group of people by name as undesirable for immigration to the United States, the act also marked a fateful departure from the traditional American policy of unrestricted immigration.
Ten weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which relocated more than 110,000 Japanese Americans to remote internment camps in harsh conditions in scattered locations around the country.
Yellow Peril villains use their mystical powers and inevitable martial arts expertise for criminal ends. Wikipedia
As seen here: Anti-Asianism in Netflix’s Otherwise Brilliant Daredevil
Identifying Asian men as undesirable, unsexy, foreign, and devoid of sensuality. The Asian American Man Study (Medium)
Mishmosh of vague Asian culture where Asians are relegated to the role of spiritual advisors, guides, and sacrifices for a white protagonist.
Generalizes that a minority group whose hard work and success offer proof that American meritocracy works as intended. Wikipedia
In which a white protagonist rescues people of color from their plight. Wikipedia
Refers to using elements of a culture by a member of another culture without permission.Wikipedia
Casting white actors to play characters of Asian origin (as well as other people of color). Wikipedia
Seeing Asian women as exoticized and eroticized objects in the Western imagination
If East Asian actors aren’t playing villains, then they’re often serving as sidekicks to heroic protagonists.
“Why would you complain?
You people are doing so well.”
“The term ‘Asian American’ is preferable to ‘Oriental’, which connotes rugs, spices, and other objects of western colonialism in Asia rather than people. The ‘Orient,’ after all, is a concept generated by the colonial experience. In contrast, the continent of Asia is an actual geographic location from which many people in the United States trace their origins.”
— Peter N. Kiang, Asia Society
“We are placed in the awkward position of buffer or intermediary, elevated as the preferred racial minority at the expense of denigrating African Americans.”
— Frank Wu, author of “Yellow”
“[Assumption of minority myth] conceals a reality that’s seldom acknowledged. To render a population invisible is really a problem. You really strip them of a voice in terms of broader conversations in our nation.”
— Eunsook Lee, Director of the AAPICEF
“We have rich histories of political and social activism and have shown our support for various movements. It’s time we honor that legacy and demand that American politicians work for us, too.”
— Madhuri Sathish, Writer for Bustle
Inclusion and legitimizing the voices of all people of color is important.
Solidarity is key.
Don't make assumptions.
Joined Facebook at age 22 and contributed to the last two major site redesigns. On her watch, the Facebook site grew from 8 million college students to 350 million people across the globe.
First Asian-American Member of the Congress from New York state and has passed several pieces of legislation in law, including striking “Oriental” from federal law.
Performed in her stand-up special, “Baby Cobra,” while seven and a half months pregnant and named her daughter after Marie Kondo, the Japanese home-organizing guru.
Known for writing supernatural plots and his most well-known film, “The Sixth Sense,” garnered six Academy Award nominations.
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