New Op-Ed: To Fight the Diseases of the Spirit, Asian Americans Must Reject “Whitening”

New Op-Ed: To Fight the Diseases of the Spirit, Asian Americans Must Reject “Whitening”

Here’s a new op-ed I wrote for NYT Chinese. The title roughly translates to, “To Fight the Diseases of the Spirit, Asian Americans Must Reject ‘Whitening’.”

In short, I discuss the pandemic of the spirit (i.e. racism), which arrived in the US long before the coronavirus pandemic did, and which will be a lot harder to cure. Further, I talk about Asian American complicity with the “model minority” stereotype, how anti-Asian racism during the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the Asian American community to reconsider their head-down-work-hard attitude, and why going forward we need to instead show solidarity with other US minorities instead of trying to “whiten.”

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