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(CNN) Sen. Kamala Harris — who is of Indian and Jamaican descent — challenges our understanding of what it means to be Asian American.

Americans of South Asian descent are often overlooked as Asian American , and being biracial still challenges people’s conceptions of race.

Her biography is, in effect, that of the anti-“model minority,” for it connects Asian Americans to African Americans and to progressive causes.

Asian Americans and African Americans have connected together for decades in the shared goal of breaking down white supremacy.

Harris’ biography also highlights how Asian and Asian American women have been active in feminist movements, in contrast to their stereotypical image as quiet and conservative.

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