Q&A With Prof. Jennifer Lee: Asian American Success Isn’t What You Think It Is

Pop culture often portrays Asian Americans as successful because of strict parenting or just plain hard work. But a new book debunks the “model minority” myth, revealing the way government policies have actually skewed those perceptions. I recently interviewed Jennifer Lee, professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and co-author of The Asian American Achievement Paradox about her research.

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Study Finds Asian American Voices Missing From Sunday Talk Shows – NBC News


In a study of “The Big Five” Sunday television news shows, Asian-American think tank,ChangeLab, found that Asian Americans are simply missing from the conversation, even when the shows are discussing issues that are of interest and relevance to Asian Americans.


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Source: www.nbcnews.com


Asian Americans are 5.3% of the U.S. population.


The other group missing from talk shows is Native Americans who are 1.2% of the U.S. population.


What Goes Down in Ferguson is an Asian American Concern – In Fact, It’s a 99% Issue


Precariat: A social class defined by the shared experience of precarity, a condition of existence without predictability or stability, particularly as pertains to employment and economic security

Make no mistake. Ferguson is an Asian American issue. The exclusion and abuse of Black people and immigrants in the United States goes hand in hand. Together, they represent a loophole in democracy through which the 1 percent are moving an agenda that is making us all precariats.


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“Asian Privilege”: Racial Stereotyping 101


As the Ferguson crisis continued to roil this week, the Fox News talking head chimed in to deny the existence of “white privilege” in the United States. The implication, of course, was that deeply-rooted, historical patterns of anti-black racism had nothing to do with African American poverty, unemployment, disenfranchisement, and criminalization.


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Why Ferguson Matters to Asian Americans


“For weeks I have been in awe of the organizers and writers – Rev. Osagyefo SekouJamala RogersMalkia CyrilTa-Nehesi Coatesjohn a. powellFalguni A. Sheth, and so many others – who have placed the situation in Ferguson into critical historical and political context. This despite persistent attempts by police, elected officials, and mainstream media to erase that context with vilifications of black political protest and black life. I write this post to express my solidarity and rage, and to offer a response to the disturbing question that I’ve heard asked, and that demands an answer: Does Ferguson matter to Asian Americans?”


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On Yellow Face, Racial Parody, and White Denial


Seattle Times columnist Sharon Pian Chan went after the play [The Mikado] in an editorial on July 13. Chan begins her critique with the following:

“Remember when someone pranked a San Francisco TV station into reporting that the names of the Asiana plane crash pilots were “Captain Sum Ting Wong” and “Wi Tu Lo”?

After the station KTVU realized its mistake, it fired three producers.

But in Seattle, at least one theater plans to spend the summer guffawing about how Asian names sound like gibberish…Set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu — get it? — [The Mikado] features characters named Nanki Poo, Yum-Yum and Pish-Tush. It’s a rom-com where true love is threatened by barbaric beheadings.

All 40 Japanese characters are being played by white actors, including two Latinos. KIRO radio host Dave Ross is in the cast.

It’s yellowface, in your face.”


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I haven’t seen people of color dressing up like white people and making fun of them.


Congressional Candidate Calls On Fox News Host To Resign Over Racial Slur


A congressional candidate in California is urging Fox News host Bob Beckel to resign after Beckel used a racial slur on air last week.

While discussing a report on Chinese hackers delving into U.S. government records on Thursday’s episode of “The Five,” Beckel began ranting about “Chinamen.”


Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Settlement of Asians in the Deep South (1763 – 1882)

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Governor Powell Clayton of Arkansas observed:


Undoubtedly the underlying motive for this effort to bring in Chinese laborers was to punish the negro for having abandoned the control of his old master, and to regulate the conditions of employment and the scale of wages to be paid him.”



Community Village‘s insight:


U.S. business leaders always want the lowest cost labor.


When U.S. unions demanded a living wage with reasonable benefits, instead of complying, businesses moved their manufacturing out of the U.S.


Money and manufacturing easily cross borders. However, (im)migration laws make it difficult for people to cross borders.

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