A New York Times Opinion Documentary piece “A Conversation With Asians on Race” by Geeta Gandbhir and Michèle Stephenson presents a dozen Asian Americans’ views on race. The short interviews cover personal experiences with racial stereotypes (not just outside but also within the diverse Asian American community). Their stories include encounters with early racism in childhood, conflicted feelings about the concept of a model minority, and the various challenges about being considered fully American.
This video is part of the New York Times series “Conversations on Race” which is meant to reflect the breadth of Americans’ experience with this controversial topic.
When most racial discussions focus on black and white Americans, other minority groups like Asian Americans disappear in the debate. This video op-ed brings to light perspectives by non-white, non-black Americans who experience different ways of racial marginalization in our multi-racial, multi-ethnic country.
- [New York Times] Nicholas Kristoff: The Asian Advantage: “Does the success of Asian-Americans suggest that the age of discrimination is behind us?” Read more
- [New York Times] The Invisible Asian: “These sensibilities have also been formed by learning a history of Asian-Americans that is more complex than the conventional watered-down immigrant narrative. This more discerning, haunting, and occasionally beautiful history includes reference to institutional anti-Asian racism, a cultural legacy of sexualized racism, a colonial U.S. presence in East Asia and the Pacific Islands, and some truly inspiring social struggles by Asians, Asian-Americans, and other communities of color. “ Read more
- [New York Times Magazine] What I Learned From Kristi Yamaguchi: “Throughout my childhood, well-meaning adults told me that my race and my heritage weren’t supposed to matter. Yet claims of “colorblindness” and melting-pot platitudes did not stop people from complimenting my English or asking where my parents had gotten me, nor did they prevent my classmates from pulling back their eyes and teaching me slurs I was usually too humiliated to report to anyone.” Read more
[NTRSCTN] In a black-and-white America, Asians struggle to fit in: “[Jenn] Fang said…as Asian-Americans, we can add nuance to the conversation by defining our own experiences and relating them to existing power structures. In terms of race, this means acknowledging the ways we experience oppression—because we’re not white—but also privilege, because we’re not black.” Read me
Photo credit: Screenshot from A Conversation With Asians on Race By