Here’s a new op-ed I wrote for NYT Chinese. The title roughly translates to, “To Fight the Diseases of the Spirit, Asian Americans Must Reject ‘Whitening’.”
In short, I discuss the pandemic of the spirit (i.e. racism), which arrived in the US long before the coronavirus pandemic did, and which will be a lot harder to cure. Further, I talk about Asian American complicity with the “model minority” stereotype, how anti-Asian racism during the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the Asian American community to reconsider their head-down-work-hard attitude, and why going forward we need to instead show solidarity with other US minorities instead of trying to “whiten.”
I’m currently getting roasted by Chinese readers for writing this, but I don’t mind at all.