The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many other black men and women before them have been a huge wake up call for me. More specifically, they have challenged me to think about my complicity, as an Asian-American, perpetuating anti-Black racism in America.

I’ve recently confronted the idea on what it means to be a “model minority,” which is the cultural expectation placed on Asian-Americans to be smart, successful, and submissive — among other damaging characteristics. Although some may think this is a “positive” stereotype, the model minority myth is actually quite damaging because it creates…

Kristy Okada

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