I was following the promise of fortune and success as defined by my parents.
Both women have pointed to their Asian identity and the insidiousness of the "model minority" stereotype in deciding to speak out about sexual assault.
Yang’s speech places the onus of change on the Asian community to encourage their kids to pick up a “camera” rather than a “violin.”
I couldn't possibly talk about this guilt with my parents or my peers, so instead, I bottled these feelings up and turned on myself, leading a double life.
But a new Department of Education initiative could help.
The idea all Asians do well in school is a dangerous stereotype.
As the #BlackLivesMatter movement seeks to correct injustices that should have long been consigned to history, we need to recognize that true Black liberation in America will lead to liberation everywhere.
Asian-Americans are perceived as perpetual foreigners. Asian-Americans have been here for generations. Hardly anybody acknowledges that. Asian-Americans themselves are unaware. We have been written out of history books. There were Asian soldiers on both sides of the Civil War.
No one's keeping quiet about the tasteless "model-minority" gag.
The model minority myth is often used as a tool to protect white supremacy, deny institutionalized racism against Black Americans and justify anti-Black racism.
For many of our black peers, their everyday lived experiences confirm the pervasiveness of white supremacy. This, however, is an opportune time to dialogue with my Asian peers, many of whom actively distance themselves from discussions around race.
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Why our culture finds it so hard to situate someone who's neither black nor white.
A social media campaign challenges the model minority myth.
Stereotyping AAPIs as just one model minority results in individual groups' needs not being acknowledged, understood or met.
I celebrate the success, resilience, brilliance and hard work ethic of the Asian American community, while acknowledging that we have a long way to go before racial justice is achieved for ourselves and everyone else. So let's continue doing what we've always done -- working hard and knocking down walls.