In a recent Washington Post op-ed, former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang called upon Asian Americans to become part of the solution against COVID-19.
But Asian American history, my field of research, suggests a sobering reality.
A history of anti-Asian racismUp until the eve of the COVID-19 crisis, the prevailing narrative about Asian Americans was one of the model minority.
But in the United States, Asian Americans have long been considered as a threat to a nation that promoted a whites-only immigration policy.
Meanwhile, incarcerated Japanese Americans in camps and African Americans were still held under Jim Crow segregation laws.