Mickey Rooney as Mr. Ashton Kutcher as a Bollywood producer, Raj, in a commercial , his skin darkened, a brown mustache affixed to his face, speaking in a cheap singsong voice, swaying his body, which is clad in a bright blue silk sherwani, back and forth to imitate the Indian head waggle. I have never quite seen myself on-screen. Having been raised on a mediocre diet of American television and mainstream Hollywood movies, I can count on one hand the actors of Asian descent who made an impression on me growing up. Their performances have stayed with me, like a novel you may never read again but pack with you every time you move.
Andrew Yang faces his critics in the Asian American community
Andrew Yang's Asian jokes rub Asian-Americans the wrong way - Insider
Then, a week later, after clips surfaced of comedian Shane Gillis calling Yang a racial slur, Yang tweeted at Gillis, offering to meet and commiserating about how society has become too vindictive about offensive jokes. So when journalist Jeff Yang invited me to an off-the-record meeting held last week between Andrew Yang and AAPI activists, I thought it could be a valuable opportunity to clarify. So on Tuesday, about a dozen Asian American writers, activists and media personalities gathered at a restaurant in West Los Angeles. The meeting was cordial but tense. Yang encouraged us to be as honest as possible with him, even if it meant saying something unfriendly. Jenn Fang, the founder of a pioneering Asian American blog called Reappropriate , asked Yang if he understood that the model-minority stereotype was used to demonize black people and explained how it often obscured the hardships of many other Asian American groups. Nancy Wang Yuen, a Biola University sociology professor who writes about representation in Hollywood, asked him point blank if he was trying to make white people comfortable at the expense of Asian people.
The Stories We Tell, and Don’t Tell, About Asian-American Lives
There were many Asian-American students at Columbia, but Eng and Han had noticed that these students often spoke, in the classroom and at the clinic, of feeling invisible, as if their inner lives were of little concern to those outside their immediate community. At the time, the term, for those who adopted it, was a way of consolidating the political energies of various immigrant communities. In recent years, Asian-Americans have become the most economically divided ethnic or racial group in the United States. Education has traditionally been one of the shared interests that binds these disparate constituencies together.
When Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang yells one of his favorite lines, "the opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math! In the most recent Democratic debate, Yang joked "Now I'm Asian, so I know a lot of doctors" and the audience rumbled with laughter. While Yang's comments may seem to be innocuous jokes, many members of the Asian-American community aren't laughing.