Feel the anti-Asian prejudice in Kansas, and it’s a story with a long American history

On March 16, white men killed eight people, including six Asian women, in three different hot springs in the Atlanta area. We continue to see violence being given to Asian Americans Everywhere in the country, and this racism is nothing new. These racist behaviors are also related to the xenophobia and anti-Asia racism I encounter both inside and outside the workplace.

I was in the Kansas office, and my former colleague was surprised that I was Chinese.

I said “I …”. She interrupted as “first generation”. As a multi-ethnic young woman, I saw her as a white middle-aged woman.

“I’m a third generation. My grandparents were immigrants from China, and my dad was born here in the United States. My mother is European.”

“So you are a hybrid.”

“I like multi-ethnic groups,” I replied, thinking. “I’m not a dog. I’m a person and my family tree follows the same pattern as you.”

We need to admit that Asian Americans belong here to America I have lived in this land for centuries Like many other people of different ethnicities. We need to work on our own, individually and collectively, to prevent all kinds of racism. Microaggression Murder.

I’m hearing about violence in coastal cities. My impression is that many Midwestern people think “it doesn’t happen here.” In the same case, when the same ex-colleague asked me if I had encountered racism, my Asian friend’s mother (also Asian) had a car driver last year, even though she didn’t have time to respond immediately. Shouted anti-Asian slurs to her near the post office who said she had been attacked. A woman who is an immigrant has never reported an incident.

It’s no surprise that she has never reported. Lack of support for Asian American .. But I was surprised to hear that this person talked to me very easily and at work about violent and racist behavior towards “my people.”

“Well,” she returned to focus on her work. I took a deep breath and returned to the office. That’s what I consider to be a lack of consciousness, a lack of compassion for me, and a lack of qualifications. This racism did not affect her.

The only racial discrimination I have experienced without being personally violently attacked is the privilege of being a microaggression or environment that fears the safety of me and my family based on our appearance. You don’t have to feel it.

Over the past year, all of us have witnessed attacks on Asian children, women, men and the elderly, the veins of anti-Asian racism that have always existed.

Chinese immigrants considered “cheap labor slaves”

Documented violence given to Asians in the United States It dates back to the 1800s. In 1868, Irish immigrant Denis Kearney declared the Chinese to be “cheap-working slaves” and urged Congress and President Chester A. Arthur to pass anti-Chinese law. This later led Congress to pass a law that eased workers’ demands and alleviated general concerns about maintaining so-called white “racial purity,” Arthur on May 6, 1882. Signed the Chinese Exclusion Act and banned immigrants from China for 10 years. Prevent Chinese immigrants from becoming US citizens. This was the first and only opportunity to explicitly exclude ethnicity and nationality as a whole and not be protected by law.

In the 1860s and 1870s, despite the amendments to Article 13 prohibiting slavery Both Asian women and girls were trafficked and sold at auction In San Francisco. According to the US Crime Victims Judiciary Department, an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 foreigners are trafficked to the United States each year. Maximum number of people from East Asia and the Pacific — Statistics that are particularly stinging in the wake of the mass murder of Atlanta in March.

In October 1871, one of the largest mass lynches reported in the United States occurred in Los Angeles. 17 Chinese men and boys were killed by white men. No one was held liable for criminal conviction.

February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed an executive order to imprison 120,000 Japanese During World War II. These people were left to understand how to reintegrate and resume their lives after being released at the end of the war.

Forty years later, two white male car workers accused the Japanese of having an American job and killed Chinese-American Vincent Chin.They did not receive prison time, and the 1983 Supreme Court proceedings were first Establish Asian Americans as a class of people protected by US law.

US COVID-19, not because of Asian Americans

These events have been omitted from the historical US debate. They have a deep history and context of the anti-Asian violence we are seeing now.

China may have mishandled information in the early stages of the pandemic, but as a foreign policy expert and writer Jamey P. Hosley’s document in an article at the Brookings Institution, The extent of early COVID-19 outbreaks in the United States Mostly the result of the actions and omissions of our own leaders.

If Americans don’t blame our government failure, why do Chinese blame them? And more violently, why blame Asian Americans?

In many respects, discrimination against Asian Americans, also known as racism, intersects with sexism, ageism, and alien exclusion.When you look at attacks on poor Asian-American women and older Asian-Americans, you need to remember The idea of ​​so-called “model minority” is that it is actually a myth. We must now be aware: the most vulnerable members of our society, the constantly marginalized people, are at risk.

Asian Americans also live in the United States, so for people in the community who feel invisible, careless, or vulnerable, and simply for whom they have been attacked or killed. They need to be comprehensive in anti-racism for their citizens.

Lucca Wang Wang Yue is a third-generation interracial Chinese-American woman from Kansas, where she currently lives.