In a 1981 speech, Ronald Reagan lauded Asian Americans as “exemplars of hope and inspiration” due to their allegedly natural intelligence and work ethic. This model minority conceptualization marks a sharp detour from the Yellow Peril panic that once stigmatized Asians as unassimilable, threatening Others.Read More The Model Minority in the Liberal State
Asians are super rich these days.
Asians can dance beyond what Bollywood has shown us.
Asian can throw lavish parties and exhibit crazy behaviors.
My parents, Inkyung and Chulwoo, emigrated from South Korea to pursue graduate degrees in the U.S. in their early 20s, but were forced to abandon their desire for higher education when they had my older sister.Read More Validating Hardships: Disability Stigma in the Asian American Community
Recently, a friend pointed out to me that I transform into a different person when I speak to my parents on the phone. My t’s become softer, my r’s become harder. My words end in alveopalatal fizzes, a musical Carnatic cadence I associate with India.Read More Linguistic Cognitive Dissonance: The Indian-American’s Tumultuous Relationship with Language
Today’s India is one the fastest growing nations in terms of technology and business. But years of brutal British imperialism has undoubtedly left its mark in the form of economic difficulties and deep social divides. Yet one of the most pervasive influences of imperialism remains subtle and shrouded by state boundaries: cinematic culture.Read More Cosmetic: A Comparative Analysis of Imperialism’s Effect on Bollywood and Malayalam Film