Julie Yao, BC ’20, writes in response to a column published last week about what the impact of 9/11 on Muslim people can teach us about the long-lasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Asian communities.
They used those experiences as justification for supporting Trump’s anti-undocumented immigrant policies.“We made it here through the door,” they would say.
I am mortified that they might spew some classist rhetoric against low-income Asian immigrants as if others can distinguish between Asian faces of different social classes.
This pandemic is directly hitting the most vulnerable members in all minority groups and magnifying the systemic problems that have always existed.
I hope that a more collective awakening to greater solidarity with all people of color will emerge among Asian Americans, pushing us to embrace everyone as if they are our own.