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Boston , Massachusetts , US
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This hate is not new but it is rapidly growing, encouraged by political figures such as Donald Trump and other influential people. The blame placed on China and the perpetuation of these harmful ideas by influential only justifies hatred. Anti-Asian discrimination is as old as Asian presence in the country and the history of their arrival and experiences dating back to the 19th century, "when a mob in Los Angeles’ Chinatown attacked and murdered 19 Chinese residents, including a 15-year-old boy, a reflection of the growing anti-Asian sentiment that came to its climax with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.," (The scapegoating of Asian Americans) is not common knowledge because people know to a certain degree it is wrong and does not want to teach about the complex and troubling history that we have subjected Asians and Asian Americans to.

Asians have come together and created their own communities and safe spaces since they started coming in the 19th century, creating what we know today as Chinatown. They have also created movements to spread awareness around anti-Asian-American hate, the hashtag #IAmNotAVirus was created to spread awareness and educate people on the rise in hatred against Asian Americans.

Allies should continue to educate others and stay educated on the issue, making sure to not be a bystander in racist incidents going on around them. Asian people should continue to report racist incidents because when people see the sheer amount of hate crimes and attacks fueled by racism it helps others to understand the gravity of the situation. When I learned that, "over half of teens (63%) say online bullying is a major problem; almost half of Chinese American youths (45.7%) report experiencing direct online discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic." (Anti-American Hate Has Surged During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Reports Find), it really shocked me to the amount that not only people, but teens that were constantly being harrassed due to something that they have nothing to do with in a time where they were just as scared as everyone else by the pandemic.

Pinyon Jay
Boston, MA, US
Posts: 18

Asians and COVID

The long history of Anti-Asian hate and rhetoric was initiated from a new wave of xenophobia during the gold rush, and has continued with Asian people largely being the scapegoat and seen as the source of many of the U.S.’s problems. This hate has been so rooted in U.S. history because there was always a way to portray Asian immigrants in a negative light, and this changed to fit the situation. Asians were dually seen as physically inferior and cunning and “impure”. Through statements like that of Brazil’s education minister claiming the pandemic was a part of China’s plan for world domination, it is clear that East Asian countries like China have been the default to blame (Covid-19 Fueling Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia Worldwide). Most non-Asians are unaware of this history because it has been treated as a “special case” of sorts in the discussion about racism. As the article “Why don’t we treat Asian American history the way we treat Black history” explains, this topic has been discussed largely with a black-white binary, and Asians are seen as the “model minority”, a group to compare other POC groups with. Perhaps because they are seen as successful and occasionally grouped with white people, anti-Asian hate is seen as less prevalent or relevant to discussions about race. Hate crimes, according to the article “Anti-Asian hate crimes rose 73% last year, updated FBI data says”, are hard to prove in the legal system and FBI hate crime data underestimates that actual scale of anti-Asian violence. Cases are often unreported as well, which leads many to dismiss what is actually going on.

A main way Asians have confronted this “othering” is through sharing their perspective and examples of this “othering”, combating the general ignorance and denial of anti-Asian hate. Whether through posts on social media or music, Asians have combated ignorance through informing.

A way for Asians and non-Asians to be allies after the information in these articles is to first speak of racism against Asians in the same level of thoroughness as racism against black people. It is important to directly confront the ignorance many have around anti-Asian rhetoric and violence. As Justin Tsiu in the article “I Will Not Stand Silent” says, “I am skeptical that people can be suddenly woke after reading a few books off the recommended book lists”. We must acknowledge that racism against Asians is systemic and layered just as racism against black people is. We must take into account direct perspectives from Asians who have been victims of hate crimes.

To answer the question “Why is it so much easier for people to make jokes about Asians and then claim they’re not racist afterwards”, This is a part of the tendency of today’s social climate to not discuss anti-Asian hate in-depth, and therefore avoid consequences of participating in anti-Asian hate.

My question for the next person is, What is the effect of Asians being portrayed as the “model minority” on Asian hate or dismissal of it?

Boston, Massachusetts, US
Posts: 14

Asians and COVID: Xenophobia and Hate Crimes in the Era of COVID

Why the hate is such a nuanced question that unfortunately no one has the answer too. Similar to what many of my peers said, hate will unfortunately exist regardless of what we do or what happens. It’s something that is unfortunately unavoidable but it was undeniably hurtful to both the victim and the perpetrator. No hate that is targeted towards a specific race is new, it is nothing we haven't seen before. In recent years though (2020-2022), this targeted hate was specifically against Asian Americans in light of the Coronavirus outbreak which shut down the nation. An NBC news article states that “the FBI reported 279 hate crimes against Asians in 2020, compared to 161 in 2019”, this sudden increase is by no surprise, because of people’s internal hatred and fear as a result of COVID-19. This was even seen in prisons against Asian inmates as it is affecting them and their families too. Aside from physical hate crimes, inmates worried if their release dates would be affected by this sudden outburst of hate against Asians.

This hate though, is based on a long history of Anti-Asian discrimination though because, contrary to popular belief, Anti-Asian xenophobia has roots in generations of racially biased and prejudiced American public health and immigration policies have targeted, and continue to target, immigrants from Asia because of the perceived threats they portray to America's dominance. In class, we saw SO many photographs of Asian people being portrayed as monsters. They were portrayed to be feared by (mainly) white people and they viewed them as a threat to society. This history of hate is mainly about maintaining white American dominance rather than free market competition or trade. Despite this not being new but coming to light now, many Asians are minimally aware of this situation because they might just simply not care (in a good way). I view many Asian (Americans) as carefree and self-sufficient. I doubt that once Asian American hate came back that people began researching its history because they probably assumed there was no history since they were never taught it or they’ve never seen it make headlines on the news. However, there is a history of Anti-Asian hate crimes which increased more than 73 percent in 2020, according to FBI data. Before COVID Asian American hate did not typically make headlines which falsely made people believe that it rarely happened.

Asians have been confronting against this indirect discrimination by making an effort to share their stories and their history. There is no category to put Asians under white or poc. Asians (especially Asian Americans) definitely do not fit under white despite what many people believe. Their stories are important to share because it helps people realize why they should NOT be classified as “white” just for convenience. White people in America have consistently had the upper hand and have always held the superiority in this country. While they may as well had SOME type of prejudice, for the most part white people have not struggled which is why it is inappropriate to categorize Asians as white since Asians HAVE struggled as they are victims of decades of xenophobia. Times Magazine’s article “I Will Not Stand Silent” which depicts the stories of 10 Asian Americans who reflect on racism during the pandemic and the need for equality shows the different types of racism, experiences, and outcomes of Anti-Asian hate crimes. Justin Tsui was practically pushed into the tracks of a train after confirming he was Asian by asking “You’re Chinese, right?”. He was forced off the platform of the train just because he was Asian while on his way home. Reading this story and many others was devastating as I always have this fear as someone who commutes home from school everyday using the train. This of many examples shows the targeted Asian American hate in light of COVID.

To be allies in response to what these articles chronicle, many people should simply just educate themselves and Asians should continue to share their stories. It’s very cliche but it’s entirely true and entirely effective. For example during the Black Lives Matter movement, many people were like “no!! all lives matter!!!” until they became educated on what the movement actually stands for and what the slogan meant. The same reaction of educating yourself can be applied to Anti-Asian hate crimes, people can learn about the history and stand up against this type of discrimination and prejudice.

In response to JnjerAle’s question, people make these jokes towards Asians because they’re so normalized. No one calls people out for doing it which is why people think it’s not racist and which is why people who do make these jokes, claim they’re not racist. Since it’s covered up as a “joke” people think they have a free pass to do whatever they please because they consider it “funny”. When it’s masked by laughter and a typically hahahaha response, people don't think they’re doing anything wrong and won't think it’s racist.

My Question: Do you think people take Asian hate crimes seriously?

Boston, MA, US
Posts: 14

Why the hate? Short answer: people are cruel and ignorant. Long answer? There have been century-long gaps in the education of people on Asian countries and peoples and has resulted in racism on every level, ignoring culture, just grouping people together based off geography and much more. A large issue is that government officials are using anti-Chinese language making it seems like an ok thing to do as mentioned in the first article. "Chinese" and "Wuhan" being virus being used to talk about COVID-19 provides a sentiment that it is all their fault and it is ok to be racist against them. People are so minimally aware of the history against asians because its been placed on the back burner, brought back into the public view during the pandemic, people are going back to their old ways stating "go back to china", "you f*****g immigrant" and such. Many cases have been reported of people realizing just how bad it was getting when things were being thrown at them, being called slurs by students in their class, violently pulled off trains and more. When the pandemic was just begining people didn't know how to react. They were scared. The sad thing is when a lot of people think of racism they only think of doing so agaisnt black people so they don't even consider what they are doing as wrong. I've had friends of mine even jokinly say how their siblings or parents have done blatanly racist things while driving or walking through town and it's just so jarring to hear about when they say it so absentmindedly. It's atrocious, parents having to talk to their kids about what to do and not do based off of how their race might affect it. A man stated "wondering to [himself] if this was how generations of Black parents have felt when they had to have another version of "the talk" with their sons." once the pandemic began. There have been cartoons drawn by people showing interactions they have experienced on the train, posts all over every platform and all sorts of forms of art going against this modern anti Asian opinion showing the resilience of thought oppressed.People need to be more educated on the harsh history of anti Asian attitudes dating back centuries ago and hidden within our history textbooks. Instead of just agreeing silently that there needs to be change, people need to take an active roll in doing so. Walking through the building and hearing kids joke about race is one thing on it's own that shouldn't be done but when you look at the even bigger, sadder picture you see just how messed up people are and have taught each other to be. If hate crimes rise 73% then fight back with those being hate crimed, don't just watch, go to 75% more protests, talk back to people that think it's funny to joke about and be a good person. It doesn't take much logic to see all that is wrong with this whole scenario.

Boston, MA, US
Posts: 18

Asians and COVID: Xenophobia and Hate Crimes in the Era of COVID

From what I’ve gathered from my readings, especially the first article: “Covid 19 fueling Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia Worldwide”, is that rhetoric, mainly that from politicians and revered people, is the leading cause of an increase in violence perpetuated against Asian Amercians. Hate needs to be incited, I don’t believe that people are born with hatred”, I think they are looking up to people who inteintally (or unintentionally) have been inciting others to violence. As the article points out, take former POTUS Donald Trump. He continually titled Covid-19 the “China Virus”, and “Kung Flu”. Despite his “apology” on twitter, the damage was irreversible, those who take him literally and view him as a man with legitimate authority had no problem accepting that Chinese people, and other Asian Americans must be inherently responsible for the global pandemic.

The seventh article I read touched on the continuity that is Asian American hate. The article, “The scapegoating of Asian Americans” recalls the Chinese Exclusion act of the 19th century as a way to explain that although there isn’t enough coverage on the history of bigotry against Asian Americans, this exclusionary and discriminatory racism has existed since the foundation of the country and it’s initial relations with Asian Americans.

I think not enough people are aware of Asian American history because it simply isn’t taught enough, nor is it given a secular spotlight. After reading article eight, “Why don’t we treat Asian American history the way we treat Black history”, despite not initially wanting to, I gained a bit of a different perspective. I will agree that Asian American history has been overshadowed by black history, this is in part because American history specifically exists on a binary of whiteness and blackness. However, this binary historically makes sense. Race is a social construct, It was created to justify the inferiority of enslaved black people for the purpose of profiting of their labor and creating class solidarity among white people. The binary exists because blackness was considered the farthest thing from Whiteness. Even in our society today, though it is nonsensical, proximity to blackness and whiteness gives one privilege of lack thereof. It’s not black Americans' fault that our history is being spotlighted, because the reality is that we fought for it to be acknowledged. It’s not that Asian Americans haven’t been, I want to be clear that the myth that Asian Americans are passive and have not demonstrated their resistance to racism is just that— a myth. I mean look at the solidarity between Asian Americans and Black Panther Party. I think there's a greater history as it pertains to Black Americans. I also don’t think the article title is very appropriate: Why don’t we treat Asian American history the way we treat Black history. To me it feels like it's condemning Black Americans for their “refusal” to address Asian American history in the same manner, because the reality is Black Americans are teaching and ensuring that Black history is taught and acknowledged, not white america. Nevertheless, I recognize the frustration of Asian Americans and the country's dismissive tendencies towards their history. In all my years of education, I’ve never been in a history class where we talked about the South Asian Diaspora in the Caribbean and indentured servitude that occurred. Also, besides the binary I think the Model minority myth is not only creating divisions among minority groups but it fosters an environment where Asian Americans can be dismissed in their attempts to speak up about their history, experiences, and struggles. White people have placed them in proximity to whiteness in order to demonize others and further marginalize Asian Americans in their own oppression. As article 10, “Asian hate crimes rose 73% last year, updated FBI data says” ‘“The only way to bridge the data gap is for law enforcement agencies to adopt mandatory hate crime reporting.”’

freddie gibbs fan
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Posts: 19

Asians across the world are experiencing hate for many reasons but primarily racism and xenophobia. These are driven by fear, as they are the fearing of something different, someone not like oneself. This may be due to Covid, the taking of jobs, or other racist stereotypes, but all of these are unfounded. This hate is not new, however, it has just sprung up uglier than before because of a new excuse to be violent - the pandemic(there are numerous examples of this in the first HRW article.). The history begins in the mid 1800s when Asian immigration to the American west began. Violence against Asisan communities even back then was common, so we can still see the continued effects of white supremacy on our society. This history is often not taught because it is of a minority group, with less powerful-but still significant-influences on America. It is not taught in schools unless it has been tokenized into a month dedicated to Asian American history, similar to black history month. Both groups of people have contributed to the society we have today in unfathomable ways and yet they get only a month while white history seemingly gets 12.

One racist way Asians are suppressed is through how their identities are limited. Through asian american history, limiting labels have been put on them, whether it is the model minority myth or now covid. The “I am not a virus” article demonstrates this: coming from the same continent as a disease does not mean you have it or you caused it. Covid is not part of asian identity and to say that is very racist. The Washington Post article says that asian americans are scapegoats for problems in america similar to how african americans are also. I would agree, covid is not the fault of asian-americans but ironically more because of those wouldn’t wear masks, who also would fuel the violence against asians by using terms like “kung flu”.

Asians and non-Asians today should use online platforms to reach youth to stop asian hate. The #stopasianhate hashtag is already popular but we need to teach the youth to be more than bystanders. The website “stop the hatred” showed how important it is to stand up for vulnerable communities using my white privilege as a non-asian. Many hate crimes would go unnoticed or ignored while bystanders did nothing. According to the FBI source, hate crimes have risen 73% since last year, making the push for anti-racism even more important.

My question for the next post would be how can we tell the stories of asian-americans better?

Boston, Massachussetts, US
Posts: 11

Asians and COVID: Xenophobia and Hate Crimes in the era of COVID

Anti-Asian hate and discrimination have a long and complex history in the United States and around the world. Some of the roots of this hate can be traced back to the early 1800s, when large numbers of Chinese immigrants began arriving in the United States to work on the transcontinental railroad and in mines. These early immigrants faced significant discrimination and were often viewed as a threat to white Americans.

Over the years, anti-Asian sentiment has manifested in various forms, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which effectively barred Chinese immigrants from entering the United States for over 60 years. During World War II, Japanese Americans were forcibly interned in concentration camps. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in hate crimes and discrimination against Asian Americans, with many being targeted because of the perception that they are responsible for the spread of the virus.

One of the reasons that many non-Asians may be minimally aware of this history is because it is often not included in mainstream narratives of American history. Additionally, Asian Americans have often faced the problem of being "othered" or viewed as perpetual foreigners, even when they are native-born citizens. This can make it difficult for their experiences and struggles to be fully understood and recognized by others.

To be allies in response to the issues raised in these articles, non-Asians can educate themselves about the history of anti-Asian hate and discrimination, speak out against racism and xenophobia, and support Asian-led organizations and initiatives. It is also important to recognize and challenge the ways in which systems of power and privilege have contributed to the marginalization of Asian communities.

Boston, Massachusetts, US
Posts: 10

Asians and COVID: Xenophobia and Hate Crimes in the Era of COVID

Asian hate has spiked in 2020 due to the blame of covid being put on them, all while adding onto the stereotypes that have been placed upon Asians for many years. Asian people have been discriminated against, being called small, dangerous, and that they eat weird animals. Article 2 discusses the blame placed upon Chinese people for covid. This is harmful to Asian people in general because it classifies them as infectious, and people that should be avoided. This adds unnecessary violence to the already hard times of covid. Article 8 discusses the false fact that Asian Americans are not as willing to fight for their rights as black people. This causes a target to be placed on Asian Americans, as racist people won't see consequence for committing hate crimes, or insulting Asian Americans. Article 10 talks about the almost doubled amount of hate crimes in 2020. Asian people feared and still do fear for their lives to walk outside, as there was a drastic spike of anti-Asian violence during the rise of covid. Causing people to fear for their lives and blaming them for something that isn't even their fault is mind blowing.

Many people do not know about Asian history because it has not been taught about. When thinking about racism within the U.S., Black people & slavery are typically thought of. This excludes all the hardships and racism that Asian people have to deal with due to their race. Asian Americans have been stereotyped as small and quiet, so they may seem insignificant to talk about. This causes a lack of knowledge for the general population about their circumstances.

There are a few things people can do to be allies. The first thing to do is speak up when seeing something, as there are many hate crimes that go unpunished/ unrecognized. By allowing such bad behavior to occur, it spreads to many people and eventually ends up harming people. Another action to take is to educate people about Asian- American history, and about how each Asian has their own ethnicity, and they are not to blame for covid. Have people warm up to Asian culture, as many people think the food is dangerous, which is an idea that the spread of covid has brought.

Who holds the power to ultimately limit the amount of xenophobia within the country, and can this person/people limit other types of discrimination?

Boston, Massachusetts, US
Posts: 10

Originally posted by Juicy Burger on December 18, 2022 18:22

Hate like this will exist when society otherizes another group of people. Americans separated Asians from their humanity and society. We learned this through the building of the railroad, racist posters, and propaganda where asian americans were subjugated to poor working conditions with low pay and little representation. Americans saw asians as submissive on one hand, easy to control and dominate. And on the other side, they saw Asians as a threat to national security, arguing that they would prey on their women, take their jobs, and be evil. Sara Li from Teen Vogue shows that there has been an exponential rise in hate crimes since the pandemic started exposing more recent events surrounding asian hate. This racism has been entrenched with little awareness until now. Both Dyson of the Washington Post and Kang of the New York Times agree that Asian American history is different from the history of other groups. Dyson uses this as a justification for why Asian American racism is less discussed and makes a comparison between Asian American history and African American history education in America. However, Kang notes that this ideology is subjugated within whiteness and classism arguing that Asian Americans, the privileged ones, focus on why aren’t they living like white people instead of how do we liberate the oppressed. Education systems have also failed to educate about Asian American history. It hasn’t been a priority since day one and that should change. From reading about the Rape of Naking, I learned that the education about the Nanking Masscare was sparse all across the globe except China. Yet, this event has been one of the most problematic and scary events in history.

Asians are currently in an interesting position: They are often stuck between being the model minority or the victim, unable to escape either. On one hand, they are the tool of oppression from white people to criticize other minorities. The model minority is used to uphold structures of oppression that others face by discounting their struggles. What’s worse is that this sentiment is often highly internalized within asian communities. As Dyson points out, Asians use whiteness as a supreme goal, dividing minority against minority. Racism within the Asian American community is internalized far too much. On the other hand, they are the victims. The model minority myth generalizes all Asians togethers and puts pressure on all of them combined. Asians are seen as weak, inferior, submissive: “They are the ones that can be pushed down if needed.” The stereotypes against them are malicious and lead to constant instances of hate crimes or microaggressions. From what I’ve seen, the stereotypes that are pitted against asian Americans are commonly ingrained in the youth of America: small eyes, being bad at driving, eating docs, etc. However, society has seen moves to increase solidarity between Asian Americans and Black Americans. However, these moves are sometimes futile because they attempt to match Black struggles with Asian American struggles. Without a doubt, both groups are important and need to be unified but as Dyson showcases the struggles of slavery and the Jim Crow South are vastly different and should not be treated as the same.

I think Asian Americans need to confront the communities they are in. Asian communities contain a lot of internalized racism against other Asians and against other minorities. We need to dismantle the model minority myth and stop grouping Asians together. Recognizing the diversity of the entire region is an important step towards understanding the harmful stereotypes that plague Asians. From there, Asians should question how to dismantle systems of oppression for everyone. Most of all, Asians should use this time of reckoning to speak louder than ever before. There is an opening for people to rise up right now and we should use it. Non Asian Americans should recognize the lack of discussion about Asian Americans. Even while the pandemic ravaged the Asian American community, there still hasn’t been enough attention to issues plaguing the community. It has seemed like we push Asian Americans to the side of discussion.

To answer the question above (@renassiance), I have definitely witnessed a double-standard in hate and privilege. My family and many others have adopted a very elitist world view: one that prides itself on competition and winning. Work hard or lose. We push ourselves up to downgrade others and that has manifested itself into the model minority myth being perpetuated in a multitude of ways. For a very long time, I internalized a lot of the racism between Asians and the African American community, especially when it came to things like academics and income. I’ve also seen friends confidently believe Asians are superior to others.

My question to the person below: What is one, specific, actionable thing people can do right now to address racism against Asian Americans.

One specific action to take is to increase the information about recent Asian American hate crimes. There is already a website for this, but it isn't known and isn't being pushed out into the public, which could make people truly realize how many people are affected by this, and how this is harming people.

Boston, Massachusetts, US
Posts: 17

Asians and COVID: Xenophobia and Hate Crimes in the Era of COVID

This hate is derived from a long history of fear, racism, and ignorance. This, much like other racist acts, is simply a continuation of anti-POC discrimination. People are widely unaware of this discriminatory history because many governments, especially white ones, bury their racist history in lies. A prime example of this is America. America has deliberately tried to bury certain pieces of its history that portray it as anything other than just, righteous, and heroic. Massive racist movements and oppressive actions are often forgotten because of this censoring.

The latest wave of anti-Asian hate, which has been triggered by the covid-19 history, is a continuation of racism geared towards Asian people across the world. Much of Asian history and the Asian struggle is forgotten in America due to how forced we are on black oppression in America. In our attempt to address this specific impression, we often leave other minority groups on the back burner. According to "What is the Model Minority Myth?," the model minority myth expects Asian people to be a “polite, law-abiding group who have achieved a higher level of success than the general population.” This holds Asian people to a standard of whiteness While simultaneously treating Asian people as second-class citizens. The myth allows Asian people to appear superior to other ethnic minority groups while remaining inferior to whiteness. This effectively others Asian Americans into their own category and divides the larger POC community.

Because many hold the Asian community in a category that is separated from both the White and POC communities, it is easy for society to ignore the struggle of the Asian community. This is why much of Asian history, specifically, Asian American history is forgotten. In America, we don't view their history to be as prevalent as African American history because "American authenticity and meaning revolve around the Black-White binary.” (Why don’t we treat Asian American history the way we treat Black history?). Although black history is important, it is also crucial to acknowledge Asian-American history and teach it in schools. Forgetting anti-Asian discrimination, of course, makes it much easier to scapegoat Asian Americans for the covid-19 virus without facing repercussions. Because of the model minority myth and the Asian community’s “othering,” society can discriminate against and scapegoat Asians because they are not fully viewed as people of color.

According to the article "The Scapegoating of Asian-Americans," there has been a long-standing history of this in America. During World War II, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced into internment camps, Southeast Asians were confronted with consistent discrimination and hate after the Vietnam War, and Japanese Americans were blamed for the rise of the Japanese auto industry. Today, we see a spike in Anti-Asian hate due to the Covid-19 virus that has been perpetrated by both governments and civilians. “ Several political parties and groups, including in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Greece, France, and Germany have also latched onto the Covid-19 crisis to advance anti-immigrant, white supremacist, ultra-nationalist, anti-semitic, and xenophobic conspiracy theories that demonize refugees, foreigners, prominent individuals, and political leaders.” (Covid-19 Fueling Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia Worldwide).

Both Asians and non-Asians should educate themselves on the history of Asian people in their country and how they have historically been discriminated against. It is important to know these stories. This helps you to understand discrimination and injustice and better address it in the future. The only way to move forward and to right the wrongs of the past is to acknowledge racism and actively try to counteract it. You cannot do this though if you have no understanding is how an ethnic minority has been disparaged.

Classmate's Question: What is one, specific, actionable thing people can do right now to address racism against Asian Americans?

Answer: One thing that everyone can do to address racism against Asian-Americans is to educate themselves are their history in America and how they have been discriminated against.

My Question: What effect does the bottom myth minority have on the Asian community and their standing with the larger POC community?

sue denym
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Posts: 14

Asians and COVID: Xenophobia and Hate Crimes in the Era of COVID

The hate is rooted in anti-immigrant and discrimination bias. These different groups make the idea of white supremacy feel threatened which causes hate and blame to be perpetuated onto a specific minority to further their own agenda. This can be seen time and time again across a variety of different groups, the most recent example being COVID-19 being blamed on the Asian minority. This is undeniable and clear with Anti-Asian hate crimes increasing more than 73% percent in 2020, which is a substantial growth and incredibly disturbing. However this discrimination against Asians aren’t new and is because of a long history of Asian discrimination in this country. This scapegoating is not new, for example, Asians had been misrepresented as carriers of other diseases. This had occurred in an attempt to (falsely) justify anti-immigrant policy, specifically the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. This discrimination occurs partially due to the lack of knowledge in Asian history. Not only is there not enough discussion and not enough of it in school curriculum, it is furthered by continuous perpetuation of harmful stereotypes and misinformation. The best recent example of that is Trump constantly referring to COVID-19 as derogatory names to pin the blame on Chinese and Asian people. This had caused many civilians to believe that misinformation and helped cause a spike in Anti-Asian hate crimes. However despite the hate and scapegoating, white supremacists love to also use Asians and claim them to be the model minority. To answer the person’s question prior to me, this is harmful all around, as it is used to cause divisions and pit minorities against one another. It is also used to try and cover up and/or downplay their racism. This stereotype can also isolate Asian people by making them feel like they have to reach a certain expectation and/or can also cause their hard work to be undermined. This also contributes to the generalization of Asian people which is extremely harmful as it provides no acknowledgement of their different countries, backgrounds, cultures, and history. In order to be allies, asian voices and history must be amplified and more discussed. Harmful stereotypes and misinformation need to stop spreading and instead corrected immediately.

My question for the next person: How can more Asian history be implemented in school curriculum and day to day conversations to amplify and bring awareness to the stories and history of Asians.

Boston, MA, US
Posts: 13

Why the hate? And why is this hate not new but is based in a long history of anti-Asian discrimination? And why are most non-Asians—and some Asians--minimally aware of this history?

Anti-asian discrimination goes back to the 19th century. History is repeating itself, China is more of threat to the US like Japan in WW2 and th racism is returning. Similar to now, government officials were misrepresenting Asians telling the public they are carriers of diseases to support the anti- immigration policies. This discrimination is still ongoing, in 2018 a law was passed limiting Chinese student and scholar immigration to America just to preserve white American dominance. Most people are minimally aware of this history because it isn't taught. This discrimination is based in fear of losing power, when asian immigrants started arriving in the US they faced similar racism and xenophobia people are experiencing today. We saw proof of this with the images we looked at in class, portraying the enemy as evil and strong so we need to be scared of them but also weak because they could never over power the US. We see a lot of these contradictions throughout history the need to display Asians are counted/seen/heard when its convenient for the people they are talking too. In the articles I read a lot of people felt that Asians and their struggle are often underrepresented but once covid hit they were thrown into a world of hate from people that previously ignored them. The Model Minority Myth article demonstrates these contradictions, it mentions how Asians are supposed to be more successful than the average while treating them like they're worse than average and spreading false feark invoking information about them to the public.

What should Asians as well as non-Asians do today to be allies in response to what these articles and the video clips chronicle?

Everyone should have some knowledge of the history of discrimination Asians faced in America. We all need to be empathetic and understanding towards people who have experienced these acts directly. People voices need to be amplified and supported and others with harmful views need to be educated. We also need to look at what systematically is effecting Asians. In our daily lives make sure we are saying something if we hear or see racist things and stand up for others.

Boston, Massachusetts, US
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The hate that Asian Americans face definitely stems from racial stereotypes forwarded throughout history. We can look real deep into the first signs of this during the late 1800's - early 1900's, but the fact is that these stereotypes have always been here. I think of instances that I've seen at school, as well as instances such as the Boston Committee chair mocking Asian names. That was in 2021. It is still here and it won't go away until we decide to stop and understand where they come from.

Despite this, there really is no "why." "Why" implies that there is a justification, but there simply isn't. It is wrong, and that is that.

After seeing some the letters sent from Asian Americans to US Officials shows to me that there HAS been action to combat this, but it has not been enough. We can see to this day, what with the countless anti-Asian hate crimes and murders that continue to receive little to no attention that it has gotten to a point where its become normalized. Normalization is the devastating state that we are in now, as it leaves minimal room for change.

But change can still happen. I believe that what can be done today is (at the very least) acknowledging these issues and how ingrained they are in society. By at least knowing that these issues are here, you remain aware and can catch when stereotypes get forwarded around you. If everybody did this, those stereotypes will slowly but surely fade away, allowing for real change to happen.

We've all seen a stark increase in Asian hate since the pandemic, so there is no excuse for inaction as this is threatening the safety of all Asian Americans within the US.

My question is this: How do the unfair expectations of Asian Americans in school systems play into what is seen in the US as a whole?

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