Soya Jung: For at least the last 50 years Asian Americans have been “raced” as hardworking and obedient immigrants through a model minority storyline that holds individualism, anti-Blackness, and compliance with the status quo in place. This makes our insurgency potent.
Soya Jung: A new generation of young Black leaders have ignited a movement. They have awakened the nation and the world to the longstanding, daily brutality of state violence against Black lives.
Soya Jung: We got invited to the real hustlers convention, even if just as the kitchen help, and learned that anti-blackness and settler logic are the poker chips for maintaining white economic and political dominance.
Soya Jung: The mutually reinforcing myths of black criminality and the model minority have no place in the world envisioned by the people of Ferguson, defiantly standing their ground, armed with love and rage in the face of tanks and guns.
Soya Jung: The model minority myth creates real incentives for remaining silent in the face of anti-black racism, but this obscures the ways that we have benefited from black liberation struggles, and how our struggles intersect.
Asian American Organizing: Maybe Asian Americans who faced the bribe of model minority status can discern the guiles of white supremacy.
Asian American Privilege — The explosion of online race talk about Asian Americans lately is enough to make your head spin.
MLK Day and Asian Americans — Most people don’t realize that the United States dropped 600,000 tons of napalm on Korea.
Asian Americans on Television — The underrepresentation is bad enough without white performers exploiting racist ideas about Asian culture.
Soya Jung — The book, The Triple Package, is rife with American exceptionalism and model minority thinking – the notion that anyone can succeed in America if they just act right, and those who don’t will get what they deserve.
Soya Jung: We have an opportunity to center our varied colonial pasts and their profound effects, and connect them to current-day fights. That’s a tall order.
Soya Jung: From the War on Crime to the War on Drugs to the War on Terror, increasingly, this us-versus-them way of sorting humanity is what “makes” race today, by dictating whose lives are safeguarded by the alleged American promise of freedom and democracy, and whose are not.
Soya Jung: The word “gook” was created as a tool of American war and conquest – a tool used to ensure the dehumanization of subject peoples, so that they could be killed and disappeared and stolen from with impunity.