I’m referring to Southeast Asian for the purposes of my response, but really the same can be said for Asian in general. Outside of hip-hop culture and youth, I have observed Southeast Asians don’t venture out to deal with other oppressed cultures here in the U.S. For example, they appear tend to think of Black people as business opportunities (i.e hair/beauty supply stores are owned primarily by Asians, not Blacks) and not viewed respectfully as people who have endured oppression and the invisible phenomenon for centuries. Instead, Southeast Asians come and embrace White privilege, seeking acceptance. They are disappointed just like every other ethnic group trying to assimilate into acceptable Whiteness. Perhaps if they took pages from history, stopped believing the hype and viewed Whiteness differently, they wouldn’t feel invisible and lonely.

All the examples in the piece the author gave about how much of a prize the Asians Americans are sounded a lot like Kavanaugh’s grandiose entitlement plea during the Senate hearings. Yes, you may have punched all of the “perfect appearance” tickets, but what about your character and soul? How have Asian Americans treated other oppressed people? Do you exclude people from your circles because they are not “perfect (we can learn something from anyone)? Are Asian Americans practicing White privilege and patriarchy with the expectation it’s not going to some day turn on their group/nationality? Are they practicing racism (a question posed for Asian Americans)?

Those are great questions to start with. Perhaps they are the sources of their own misery. Conforming to Whiteness does guarantee acceptance. Ask the two groups who have experienced this dilemma the longest in America (African Americans and Native Americans).

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