After a Chinese-American editor at the New York Times shared the story of a racist encounter Sunday, the Asian-American community has refused to stay silent.
The Twittersphere is standing in solidarity with Michael Luo, who was out with family and friends on New York City’s Upper East Side when a woman shouted at him, “go back to China ... go back to your f―-ing country.”
Luo, who is the deputy Metro editor at the Times, recounted the experience in a poignant open letter to the woman. He emphasized that although he has grown up in the U.S., he and so many other Asian-Americans feel they’ll always be seen as foreigners.
"It’s this persistent sense of otherness that a lot of us struggle with every day. That no matter what we do, how successful we are, what friends we make, we don’t belong."
“Maybe you don’t know this, but the insults you hurled at my family get to the heart of the Asian-American experience,” he wrote in the piece. “It’s this persistent sense of otherness that a lot of us struggle with every day. That no matter what we do, how successful we are, what friends we make, we don’t belong.”
Luo prompted other Asian-Americans to share their own experiences with racism using the hashtag #ThisIs2016. See some of the responses below.