Originally posted by turtle17 on January 09, 2022 18:39
Asian Americans are seen as the ‘model minority group’, but the thing is, this isn’t true for all Asian Americans at all. First off, East Asians are who are subject to the stereotypes of growing up to become doctors or lawyers, and being extremely intelligent. But Southeast Asians are seen as illiterate, and unintelligent, and these are themes that are widely shown in media, whether it is making fun of an accent, a dish, or many other cultural things. Pacific Islanders and Native Americans are barely even talked about at all, there is a refusal to talk about the discrimination and prejudice they face. But the thing is, these are several different cultures, and these cultures are used to the advantage of white people, for when white people want to seem smarter, or when they want to seem better than.
In the I am not a virus article, the artist Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom talks about the images she creates regarding the racism against East Asians, specifically the racism following COVID-19. She illustrates both phrases and real life experiences to show people about what East Asians have gone through, a specific one being where a Singaporean girl was asked to leave a French tram by a white woman, because the woman didn’t want to catch covid from her. In the Time article, 'I will not stand silent', a similar story is told. A Chinese American nurse named Justin Tsui was racially harassed on a train platform, and was told to go back to his country. Tsui was scared for his life, when the man harassing him was coming closer and closer, further backing him on the platform, and was nervous to get off the train, in fear that the man would follow him home. The Teen Vogue article tells the statistic that the organization Stop AAPI Hate recorded 2,583 racial hate incidents from March 19, 2020, to August 5, 2020, and that 14% of these attacks were committed against someone under the age of 20 years old. The NBC news article also tells that with the rise of hate crimes against AAPI, has come a further rise of stereotypes, and not just ones committed against Asians, but also statements saying that Black people are the majority of those who have been attacking elder Asian Americans. People are taking a traumatic reality of AAPI, and twisting it, to further demonize other racial groups
Recently in class we have been talking about the US history textbook used for both AP US History as well as US History 2, and how inaccurate it tells of American history. In the Washington Post article, it mentions in contrast to the refusal to tell the accurate history of the treatment of Black people in America, “Asian American history is often footnoted or compartmentalized, recounted and analyzed as a subplot to the bigger narrative.” The scapegoating of Asian Americans article mentions that in the few times the trauma of Asian Americans is mentioned in a history textbook, its only in the circumstance of them being put in the place of blame, like the interment camps during WWII, and now, AAPI are the scapegoats again for Covid. People always need someone to blame.
One of the original questions of the post is: what should non-Asians do to be allies in response to what these articles and clips chronicle? This isn’t an easy question, and like how Tsui said in the Time Article, change won’t happen overnight. But I do disagree with Tsui on one thing, I personally believe that if non-Asians start doing their own research, there will be a gradual improvement, people need to realize that racism against AAPI is not new, it is something that has been going on for centuries and centuries.
My question is what do you think is the reason for this loss of humanity? What do you believe allows people it is acceptable to assault a person of any age simply became of racial prejudice?
It IS because of racial prejudice and feeling of superiority. The loss of humanity is because people will ALWAYS put themselves first and they will do whatever it takes to do that.