“I don’t take [Asian American] causes all that seriously,” said former Senator Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa.
Thus, the political dialogue today is largely being shaped by the same Asian American demographic that turned towards conservatism in the 1970s.
Meanwhile, progressive American American groups are actively being phased out and silenced due to ICE deportations, mass incarceration, poverty and other forms of marginalization.
I myself was guilty of believing that Asian Americans are politically complacent, without ever knowing the background for why.
Let’s bust the myth of Asian Americans being apolitical, form solidarity and continue to advocate for each other.