In almost a dozen conversations this past week with scholars, activists and historians, the sadness and grief surrounding this profile is clear – as is the acknowledgment of taking two professional paths. How distinctly divided the Asian immigrants are.
The story of Asian Americans is a complex one. There are restaurant staff and massage therapists tucked away in metropolitan areas, but there are also high achievers who attend elite schools, who finish in well-compensated careers. worth. Typically, one generation of immigrants working in service jobs will increase the next generation of corporate strikers. However, during this time, as the population grew, the groups became increasingly separate from each other.
After a summer of race justice and awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement, the company’s colored employees, including Asians, are demanding equality and inclusion. This would put an end to a white-dominated culture. The people working in spas and nail salons are not qualified to even think about it; they are more vulnerable to the whim of their white clientele. In a country divided by politics, religion, and income, this is a divided community in itself.
But the “kung flu” – xenophobia, spurred by President Donald J. Trump, has added hate crime to a deadly disease and the rest of the list of things Asian Americans to be feared over the past year – may be slowly bringing people together.
Last year, reported hate crimes against Asians in New York City were up 833 percent from 2019. Nearly 3,800 hate crimes, from naming to assault, against Asian Americans and The Pacific island nation was reported to be Stop AAPI Hate, a group that gathered data for last year. (The number could be higher because not all incidents are reported.) Sixty-eight percent of those incidents were reported by women.
As the country reeled from the so familiar scenes of the mass shootings in Atlanta, especially the killings that could target people because of their race and gender, some scholars recall one previous death. In 1982, Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American, was beaten to death by two white men during a time of heightened tension over Japan’s dominance of the auto market. The killers, claiming the attack were not motivated by race, were sentenced to three years of probation.
The fact that men do not serve prison sentences has shocked the Asian community. The activists formed civil rights groups to protest.