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Are Asian Americans White?

Asian Americans continue to experience discrimination, hate crimes and racial violence, xenophobia, concerning levels of racial/ethnic bullying in schools, and other indicators of racial marginalization in the United States.

However, Asian Americans report experiencing racial/ethnic discrimination at about the same frequency as African Americans.

Second, and more importantly, the Asian American identity represents a panethnic political identity.

Naseeb’s journey into WOC identity prompted her to reflect on Asian American identity politics and the limitations of the term—Asian American—to address colorism or experiences beyond East Asians, leaving her, a Desi, to initially find comfort in WOC identity.

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