1. I do agree mostly to Winona and Priya's assumption about race. We are constantly impacted by our perception of race, other people's perception of race, and stereotypes that are associated with a particular race. Race "inescapably" impact us---all of us hold preconceived notions about a race, and those notions may influence whether or not we reach out to them as a friend, or avoid them. Additionally, racism is also prevalent across society and can be seen in the form of systemic barriers that prevent a group from succeeding in America, making it much more difficult to do so. The United States was founded on the basis of colonization and slavery---the irony now that the country portrays itself as the land for everybody. Although, I would not use the metaphor of "cancer" to describe race because race is not a bad thing as cancer may suggest, it is because of biases that might make race such an uncomfortable topic.
2. Nick addresses some important topics in race. Nick is Jewish, half Native American and Jewish, and addresses the connection with race and achieving the American Dream. Nick, in his early childhood, had parents who would organize events to march for Native freedom and justice. Unfortunately, he witnessed an incident where he had seen police brutality and lots of damage and tear gas. He later understands why it's so important to fight back, having learned more about his identity as a Jewish boy. On the track with the American Dream, he says, "The American dream is not real because it is built on backs and integrated in our land." I love Nick's reference back to the American Dream because he reminds the reader of the US's beginnings, when they colonized and killed millions and millions of indigenous people, just to call their land "the land of the free."
3. I think more people should be familiar with the model minority myth. The myth is the belief that Asian Americans have achieved the American Dream, essentially saying that Asians are not like other races. As an Asian American myself, it's important to know about this myth because of its diverse range of consequences such as a disregard for the many ethnicities of Asia, its belief that Asians are not people of color, and its establishment that Asians are perpetual foreigners to the country. Additionally, due to the racism toward Chinese people during its prolonged immigration period, they did not have the right to own property or testify, and were deprived of many rights. This is important to know because as a direct contrast to the model minority myth, the Chinese did struggle to prove their way into America. Asian American modern history is also rarely talked about in history classes, although there is so so much to learn about.
4. So far, I think I like this book! The language is simple enough that this concept gets through easily and I think it's really interesting to analyze race from the perspectives of multiple people from multiple races.