The uncomfortable state of being Asian in tech
Tracy Chou

So many fallacies in this article where to begin.

“Pacific Islanders, who have drastically lower economic and educational attainment.”

Pacific Islanders are one of the highest earning ethnic groups/nationalities in the United States with a median income of $76,954 , right behind Indian Americans at #1 and above Taiwanese at #3 Asian-Americans are #1 by race , followed by Pacific Islanders , followed by Whites at #3

“The tech industry talks about needing more people of color, BUT ONLY because it casually conflates “white” with successful and adequately or even over- represented; “color” with underrepresented, and perhaps, it begrudgingly admits, disadvantaged”

What evidence do you have to support this argument? Understandably, this is an ‘op-ed’ so I can’t expect you to back everything up with facts and this is purely your opinion of the tech industry, but has it occurred to you that perhaps companies pursue diverse workforces because of the research which indicates more diverse companies have higher stock prices, are more profitable, and bring products to market faster? Diversity is a strategy that organizations can use and the end goal is not ‘people of color’ for the sake of it as much is it is about achieving a ‘diversity of ideas’.

“There are many reasons that the conversation about Asians in tech is so confusing and complicated. For one, we’re not a homogenous group.”

It is interesting how you so casually label ‘white people’ as a homogenous group without blinking. Never mind that the term ‘white people’ refers to hundreds of millions of people from a variety of ethnicities, backgrounds, religious groups, and economic strata. Jewish Americans, Irish Americans, Russian Americans, Spanish Americans, Dutch, French, Northern Europeans, Eastern Europeans, etc. It’s the same racism and ignorance of another group of people you seem to be alleging in your article.

In your narrative the world is controlled by ‘white men’ (picture the Monoploy Man’) and the white overlords permit certain minorities success only because they adhere to the rules. In reality, Asian Americans are the highest earning demographic in the United States, hold the highest number of college degrees, and receive the least government welfare, far less likely to be the victim of a violent crime ( whites are #1) ,and at the bottom of the list for Military casualties ( whites are #1). Meanwhile, 20 million of these ‘white people’ you refer to live below the poverty line ( 8 million more than black) and yes this is not the same proportionally but there are still vastly more white people in poverty by absolute numbers.

Race is a social construct that uses superficial characteristics to classify individuals, yet you seem to view everything through the prism of these arbitrarily designated ‘races’, a practice which increases divisiveness between people. Have you asked yourself if this preoccupation with race is normal?

I find it deeply offensive when someone, particularly an Asian who likely earns a high income and enjoys a privileged lifestyle, laments about the hardships of being a minority in the Untied States, which they attribute to ‘white people’ , while sitting at the top of the economic pyramid looking down on the world. I might even call it a ‘micro-aggression’.

Why perpetuate an ‘us vs. them’ narrative? There’s nothing courageous or out of the box about it. How about something new? Why not focus on our commonalities, strengths, and collective ability to achieve great things as one people instead of looking at us as Black, Asian, or White?