In March, for instance, the FBI warned of a spike in hate crimes against the Asian community as an increasing number of Americans began to associate the coronavirus with outdated stereotypes of the East Asian community.
I was born to Macanese American parents in Manhattan and spent the first six years of my childhood in Woodside, Queens.
In college, I took an Asian American literature course and spent almost every day reading about China.
This country has conditioned us, as Asian Americans, to reject ourselves and take the Western perception of Asian culture at face value.
For the first time in my life, I had never felt more respected as an Asian American.