Oriental was a rug that everyone steps on, so we ain’t no Orientals. We were Asian American.
“I Am NOT Your Model Minority” Campaign pt. 1
By the SPACES APSA Community Retention Program at UCSD
Part two! Today’s theme is apparently model minority myth.
UCSD’s “I am NOT Your Model Minority” campaign! Empowering, no?
‘Asian America’ is a state of mind, a spiritual place that is located neither in Asia nor America, but hovering somewhere above, between and around the hearts and souls of the people who belong to it. Especially for those of us who were born here - we feel alienated in America and estranged in the countries our parents came from - Asian America is the closest thing to a place to call home.
This is a photo of a five-year-old Barack Obama in kindergarten and it is just adorable.
People seem able to hold two objects in their hands, but not two thoughts in their heads.
1. Asian Americans were lynched, run out of town, murdered, deported, and put into concentration camps. Asian Americans suffered terrible violence and oppression.
2. Asian Americans now…
Jade just wanted to dance! Hope her dad and tiger mom squashed that nonsense quick and she got into a good school!
8Asians would like to remind you that Tiger Mothers have existed since at least 1987.
Dr. Sarah Jessica has been doing some really excellent Black-Asian solidarity tweeting after ESPN ran a “chink” headline in an article about Lin and KPOP songwriter Jenny Hyun (who’s written songs for SNSD) called for genocide against black people. Some more of her tweets:
- Africa, the Middle East, and Asia had advanced trade and education networks among each other before they were ever “discovered.”
- In the U.S. racist Asian characters were a common part of the minstrel shows (that popularized blackface) of the 1900s.
- The Black Press spoke out vocally against the interment of Japanese Americans during WWII.
- Asian Americans played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement.
- Rise of Bruce Lee inspired many black kids in inner cities to take up martial arts as form of self-improvement and self-defense.
- Richard Aoki a Japanese American was a founding member of the Black Panther Party, close friend of Bobby Seale & Huey Newton.
- I could go on. Even simply in pop culture there is a recognition of
#solidarity between Afro-Asian culture: Wu Tang Clan, Afro Samurai, etc.
- The feminizing of Asian men worked hand in hand w/ the criminalizing of African men in justifying the U.S. racial hierarchy.
- Asian women/black women hv been stereotyped as ever-willing sexual deviants 2 justify exploitation/colonization of their bodies.
- Model Minority stereotype has been used 2 control Asian people just as much as it’s used to denigrate black folk in comparison.
- Asian Americans were banned from eating at, going to school at, living in certain neighborhoods too, a photo:http://pic.twitter.com/vowMVOid
I’m loving these tweets. You can follow her blog here, and her twitter here.