The Asian Racism That Is Considered “Normal”

Mina Ryu, Dana Ryu, Haley Lee

Upset, but not surprised. We feel this frustrating, infuriating feeling on a too-common basis. It’s in jokes, it’s in so-called compliments, it’s in questions, it’s in interviews, it’s in everyday statements, in everyday situations, in everyday life. Casual racism. It’s casual racism. Microaggressions, Microassaults, Microinsults, Microinvalidation. The kind of racism that is not “important” or “worthy” enough to be put on the news but what makes most of the Asian American daily experience. The subtle racism that makes us feel like foreigners in our own country and degrades our culture, our race, and our identity. 

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Fashion At The Cost Of Culture?

 Sadie Scott

Image Credits: Newstatesman, Vox, EdTimes, VEVO

Almost everything trending in the fashion world these days can be brought back to culture.  The baggy pants that you call ‘cool’ and ‘swag’?  Those originated from African American streetwear in the 20th century.  The sleek, silver nose rings that you saw in the window of Hot Topic?  Those are derivatives of nose rings worn by both those in parts of South Africa and India.  Now, things tied to culture don’t automatically become “off-limits” or taboo (so don’t go pulling out your nose ring yet).  But if we are to respect culture yet still allow free will to dress up as we choose, where do we draw the line between cultural appropriation and appreciation?

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Asian Underrepresentation In Film

Alexis Tea

Growing up, I loved movies, and I still do. I especially loved rom-coms, with their lovable, quirky characters and lighthearted humor. But when watching these movies, I noticed one thing: there were hardly any Asian characters on screen, if any at all. And if there were, they were usually portrayed with harmful stereotypes or as side characters with little to no backstory. Don’t get me wrong, I still loved watching these movies. I just think I would’ve been able to connect with the character more and be inspired by them if they had looked like me.

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Being Transgender/Nonbinary

When I came out as trans on social media, random people were asking me questions. Most of them were transphobic or made me feel bad about myself, but there were a lot of people who were supportive. I had online friends, admins of queer accounts, and the Am I Gay quiz supporting me when I was questioning myself. I don’t think I knew I was genderfluid when I was a kid, and I think I’m still faking it because of that. The dysphoria is real, knowing when you find the right label is real, and I feel so much happier sometimes just thinking about not being female; but there’s still that worry that I just want to be special and I’m making something up because of that. So even with a large support system, it was really hard to accept myself, and I’m still having trouble with it. 

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