A school district in Washington has sparked controversy after excluding Asians from a category that denoted “students of color” in a performance report.
North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS), which oversees 22 schools and some 16,000 students, instead lumped Asian and White students together, hoping that it would boost the growth rate of underperforming groups.
Actor Jimmy Wong has called out several popular streaming shows for perpetuating the “Silent Asian” trope.
Least favorite acting thing I’ve noticed during pandemic binge watching: incredibly sexy and good looking Asian actors playing characters with barely ANY dialogue because it’s supposed to be… mysterious? pic.twitter.com/tn3uoTd8vf
Although things may seem bleak at the moment, we can take refuge in acknowledging the strength that comes from our immigrant roots.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, people are dying, unemployment rates have skyrocketed, and the Asian community has been used as a scapegoat for anger and hatred. The reality is, everyone is experiencing this crisis, needless to say in different intensities, however, it is completely and utterly out of our control. And that right there, is what feels so universally uncomfortable.
A refreshing story about how true love softened an Asian “tough guy” has captured the hearts of many on social media.
Sonja Feit Wang recently shared on the Subtle Asian Traits Facebook group about the story of how first meeting a “cocky” young Asian man in the late 80s blossomed into a lasting romance.
A woman in Australia launched a racist tirade against a group of Asian women after being “uncomfortable” hearing them speak in a language other than English.
The incident, which was caught on video, reportedly occurred at an intersection in the city of Fitzroy, Victoria this week.
An unprovoked attack on a young Asian woman in Vancouver about a month ago remains under investigation by local authorities.
According to Vancouver Police, the victim was assaulted by a still unknown suspect as she was waiting at a bus stop near Granville and West Pender streets on April 12.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Lumiscript. The opinions expressed in this piece are solely those of the author.
Two days ago, I sat down in the midst of the quarantine monotony and watched one of my favorite movies — “Crazy Rich Asians.” As I sat and reminded myself how much the Asian community gathered together, it helped me rekindle the pride I had in my culture. For a moment, the world slowly understood another aspect of Asia that most would not normally come across. The pressures we place on ourselves and the constant gamble between passion and guaranteed success at the hands of an ambition that is not our own. Rachel Chu was a character that reminded me I was different, but she taught me that it is in my nature as an Asian American to prove to others that I can be an ambitious woman who powers through life while still enjoying that in which I find passion.
An emergency room nurse in Toronto, Canada was allegedly spat on and verbally assaulted because of her Asian background this week.
The incident reportedly occurred while Katherine Cheung, who just moved from Markham, was out with another nurse in the area of University Avenue and Adelaide Street West on Wednesday.
An Asian woman suffered burns on her body after an unidentified assailant doused her with an unknown substance in a horrifying attack outside her home in Brooklyn, New York.
The incident occurred on Sunday at around 11 p.m. when the woman was taking out her garbage in front of a residential building within the vicinity of 64th Street and 9th Avenue, according to the New York Police Department.
As a proud Asian American, I am tired of reading article after article of Asians being portrayed as fearful victims or terrified bystanders to increasingly violent attacks of hate and xenophobia. Yes the attacks are chilling and appalling. But we are not just fearful or terrified. We are proud. We are strong. Despite our diverse ethnicities and histories, we each come from a powerful lineage of people who have survived brutal wars, famines, generations of pain and suffering. We know what it’s like to overcome, to work so damn hard on behalf of a dream – the dream of freedom, prosperity and a better life for our children. We have worked so hard and achieved so much.
Just this past February, our community celebrated new heights of representation as the South-Korean movie “Parasite” won multiple Academy Awards – including the venerable Best Picture award. America also had a viable Asian American presidential candidate in Andrew Yang. How far we have fallen from those heights…
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this piece are solely of the author.
We are living in an unprecedented time, a time in which I believe will be the defining moment of many of our lives. At this point, many experts believe that coronavirus will ravage the country, with heavy human costs exacerbated by economic ones. However, while most Americans have to be concerned about not getting the virus and how they are going to survive economically, Asian Americans have to wage war on another front: the growing threat of hate crimes and violence. More troubling and confusing is the fact that many of these crimes are committed by people of color. However, the rift between Asians and other minorities is not a new phenomenon. It can be traced back centuries to how colonization, eurocentrism, and white supremacy has played a role in creating and fostering the conflict between marginalized groups.
A Twitter user has exposed a pair of British girls who allegedly yelled racist slurs at them and their partner because they were Asian.