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The Problem With Time Magazine's New Take On Asian-Americans In Tech

Google workers staff a booth in San Francisco, Sept. 9, 2008. Google Inc. on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 said it is closing three
Google workers staff a booth in San Francisco, Sept. 9, 2008. Google Inc. on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 said it is closing three engineering offices and cutting 100 recruiters from its work force as the recession dampens hiring at the Internet search company. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

I’d argue something a little different. People who shape the dominant political narrative in this country—politicians, pundits, media—have little use for substantive conversation about any group of non-white people unless it’s to uphold, in stark terms, notions of black inferiority and white supremacy. To that end, Asians have actually been the subject of quite a lot of public fascination, mainly as props used to denigrate blacks and Latinos and programs designed to support them and other people of color—including segments of the Asian-American population. All too often, Asians are willing to play along.

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