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Asian-Americans Are Talking

By: David H.


As the media focuses on racial tensions and African-Americans protesting how their lives matter, Asian-Americans are tired of being overlooked. Now, Asian-Americans speak out about cultural bias casting a shadow over their chance to be heard. Through this heartfelt and eye-opening interview, Asian-Americans expose internal race wars, interracial relationships, stereotypes, and more. Asian-Americans speak out, but who is listening?


Internal Race Wars

Racism within Asian-American culture is prominent because tensions between groups outside of America still exist. Korean Americans have been known to openly voice their disgust toward Chinese citizens just because of their nationality. Most of the animosity between Asian-Americans stem from the Japanese and Chinese. This drama dates back hundreds of years from a pretty nasty history.

Interracial Relationships

Asian-American women prefer a white man over any other race outside their own, but the myth of Asian men posing smaller appendages is not accurate. It really depends on if her parents are first or second generation Americans. In most instances, Asian woman will marry within their race. More traditionally raised woman will marry within their own race whereas those who are more "westernized" tend to marry outside of the Asian races. There is seemingly a positive trend emerging as Asian-American women and parents are becoming more open to all races of men.


“I am only 3/4 Asian. My dad is full Chinese and my mother is 1/2 black and 1/2 Japanese. My grandfather on my mother's side is African-American.” - Mike


Stereotypes

Like most people, Asian-Americans are viewed through racially stereotypical lenses. Chinese Americans feel enraged when people ask if they know karate. Karate is a Japanese form of martial arts. All Asians don’t resemble each other. Not every Asian can tell the difference between each other. Some people think English is not their first language. The easiest way to tell the races apart is by their dialect, Japanese/Mandarin/Cantonese sound distinctly different, and the cultural norms from each Asian side are different. Even though most American born Asians don’t speak their native tongue, another way they determine each other's heritage is by asking about their history. Rice is not eaten alongside every meal and MSG is not in every food item consumed by the Asian-American community. When anyone studies relentlessly to sharpen their skills they tend to excel. That being said, not every Asian is studying engineering/math/science on their day off. Most Asian-American families are very much American.


Other Struggles

The most noticeable economic struggle Asian-Americans deal with stem from the lack of upward mobility and non-promotions in corporate America. Asian-Americans are often preserved as quiet and reserved. As a result, they are passed over for leadership and managerial positions. In America, the perception of a leader is someone who is vocal, and in the spotlight. Asian-Americans aren't thought of in that way which comes from the perception of Asian-Americans not speaking English or are culturally different. While language and cultural barrier still exist for Asian-Americans today, one shouldn't mistake silence for weakness. It comes down to the people within the structure of America that need to change and be honest with themselves about perceptions of all people, not just Asian-Americans.


Older generations of Asian-Americans tend to be more Republican than the younger generations like millennials. With the younger generation having a more inspirational role in today's society. Witnessing a prominent representation of an example of a true Asian-American in mainstream Hollywood is extremely limited.


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