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Next week, the anti-caste organization Equality Labs is hosting a conversation with Dr. Cornel West linking casteism in South Asian communities with racism in America.
For a fortnight, my calendar has brimmed with teach-ins, trainings, and reading groups about Asian Americans defending Black lives.
There’s no better example of Asian Americans cheerfully acceding to that “model minority” phrase than the Bay Area.
Learning California’s Asian American history allowed me, personally, to reshape my political identity six years ago.
It’s time to finally refuse the model minority narrative — not just long enough to hold a sign at a protest, but for good.

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