When a woman told New York Times editor Michael Luo to “Go back to China”, he posted a tweet about the incident with the hashtag #thisis2016.
Well dressed woman on Upper East Side, annoyed by our stroller, yells: “Go back to China…go back to your f—ing country.” #thisis2016
— Michael Luo (@michaelluo) October 9, 2016
After his post received several replies with many Asian-Americans sharing their own experiences, he decided to pen an open letter to further describe the incident and state how he felt about it.
“This was not my first encounter, of course, with racist insults,” he wrote. “Ask any Asian-American, and they’ll readily summon memories of schoolyard taunts, or disturbing encounters on the street or at the grocery store.”
— Smriti Sinha (@SmritiSinhas) October 11, 2016
Adding their voice to those who have already shared their racist experiences, the Asian-American students of Bowdoin College have come up with powerful heartfelt “real statements, quotes and encounters that Bowdoin students have experienced recently.”
Through the efforts of the Bowdoin Asian Students Association, students expressed their version of #thisis2016 in a series of photos that were put on display in the university campus’ Smith Union where it will be kept until mid-December.