Dear Asian People

Dear Asian people: I hear a lot about “what can we do to help.” So, here are my 2 cents: 1. Know our common struggles as well as differences. While Asian Americans do experience interpersonal racism on a daily basis (e.g. discrimination, micro-aggressions) and some of us have carried the painful history of institutional racismContinue reading “Dear Asian People”

The Sickness that Model Minority Gives Us

One day last year, my then-20 year-old stepson came home and told me that his friend committed suicide and passed away. I didn’t know how to react to it. I was shocked, terrified, and for reasons that I cannot comprehend, I felt angry. Then, I felt guilty for feeling angry, for not showing enough sympathy,Continue reading “The Sickness that Model Minority Gives Us”

Challenge Our Own Social Relationships to Create Racial Justice

Racial justice has become a popular topic in recent years. While it is important for folks from all social positions to continue to work on issues around racial justice in the political and cultural realms (e.g. grassroots mobilizing/organizing; culture preservation/production), it is equally, if not more important that we evaluate and challenge our own socialContinue reading “Challenge Our Own Social Relationships to Create Racial Justice”

Decolonizing Myself—Part I: Chasing Modernity and the American Dream

Recently, I have been having this feeling that history just keeps catching up to me no matter how hard I try to escape from it. I talked to my black and Asian friends about our unhealthy behavioral patterns—anxiety, anger and aggression, codependency, eating disorder, trauma bonding—all the things that we hate about ourselves and simultaneouslyContinue reading “Decolonizing Myself—Part I: Chasing Modernity and the American Dream”