Thank you for the very thought-provoking article. When attaching ribbons to my name tag at Grace Hopper, I added the “Asian Women in Computing” tag without even thinking about it (and probably would have added a “Japanese” ribbon had they had one there…very weird to me that they had just chosen a few Asian ethnicities to represent). However, I definitely found myself later wondering what I even got out of wearing that.
Ever since moving to the States in the third grade, I’ve had numerous reasons to be confused about where I stand as an Asian female. Going through high school, people tossed around comments like “she only got that award because she’s Asian,” and other comments like “it’s going to be so much harder to get in because you’re Asian.” It didn’t help that social studies classes in middle and high school only taught me about black and white relations. Even in my first (and probably last) sociology course in college, titled “Race and Society,” the professor had no answer when I asked how Asians fit into the picture with the topics we were discussing. I was asked a few days ago by a white high school classmate whether it would “be, like, racist” if he dressed as a geisha for Halloween. Clearly, no one cares enough to talk about it. And that’s a problem.
I’m new to the world of tech, but as I go forward, I know this will be something I continue to think and talk about.