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Opinion: My wish for my Asian American daughter: A world that sees her in all her humanity




To some, it may seem like a knee assessment. For me, given the way tensions, suspicions, and hatred have developed for Asian Americans like me and those of Asian descent around the world during this pandemic, it was instinct.

As information about the spa shot spread, it became clear that my gut was right. Six of the eight victims were women of Asian descent. Atlanta police have said yes too early in the investigation to determine that the shootings were a hate crime, but given the increase in Asian American violence, it is difficult not to draw a correlation.
This horrible violence is not the first nor, unfortunately, the last time I have this intuition. Certainly not, as the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to tear American life apart. While America has suffered a collective trauma from the coronavirus and can be largely identified with the fear of contracting this invisible and deadly virus, Asian Americans have also taken on a different concern as we continue to be boc expiatori for the virus.

Knowing that hatred increases, with ignorance as a partner, it has become second nature to ask if any of my labels (Asian American, journalist, wife, mother) will lead to someone directing me verbal abuse or physical violence.

But in recent years, the remarkable rise in racial tensions across America and anti-Asian attacks have forced me to think more about the safety of my family.

He stab attack in a young Asian American family last summer at Texas Sam’s Club at home: my young mixed-race daughter looks more like me than her white father. That could have been my story.

My dreams of this last year of traffic to meet my parents based in California, in the center of the country, were postponed for fear that something terrible might happen to them traveling through areas with smaller Asian American populations.

Instead, I broke up in South America with an RV with my husband, daughter, and white mother-in-law as George Floyd’s protests erupted in the country.

Adeline Chen and her daughter.
And while I was on the surface, it might seem like a safe and socially distant journey, I felt anything less during this period of racial count and a pandemic. I realized that my daughter and I were often the only minorities in the rolling stock parks surrounded by flags and signs supporting then-President Donald Trump, who routinely called Covid-19 the “China virus” or “Kung flu”.

I don’t have to go far to face hard truths. I have seen the dirty looks and felt visible hostility wandering around Atlanta, where I live. My closest friends have heard me describe the challenges that can arise from marrying a family where some members still accept the tired excuses of, “well, that person didn’t say it,” “that’s just slang politician “and” those words won I have no real repercussions. ”

Many people can afford to excuse the “crazy uncle” who says racist things, but in doing so, allow unacceptable rhetoric that has harmful real-life implications for those like me, who can’t let go. -they wouldn’t even want the skin.

The sting doesn’t fade when these extended relatives shout “cancel the culture” over the publisher’s decision to stop distributing a few Dr. books. Seuss with terrible representations of Asians and African Americans. Seeing and hearing these comments is an erasure of who I am and my identity in this country, and I know I’m not alone in feeling that way.

Why Asian American violence is escalating, along with white supremacist propaganda
And I will be the first to admit to the mass media, my chosen career, I still have a long way to go to resolve how Asian Americans and their respective cultures are represented or how racist acts and hate crimes are denounced. . While we need to report what officials say about an ongoing investigation, the media has a responsibility to ask difficult questions and not just trust on police reports to lead news coverage.

We have seen that the officials were unreliable, did not give the whole story and used a language that paints a different picture of the suspects depending on their race and ethnicity.

On Wednesday, during a press conference, a police captain said the suspect in the shooting in Atlanta, which is white, “He was pretty fed up and had been a bit at the end of the rope” and “Yesterday was a really bad day for him, and he did.”

He was disrespectful and dehumanized the community victim of this terrible act.

For a long time, the media industry has bordered on honest truths, not providing space for those with lived experiences to contribute to the narrative. We need to see and hear more stories that represent the profound diversity of life in the AAPI community; only by doing so will we influence the way our society sees Asian Americans.

Anti-Asian sentiments and attacks are far from new in the US; incidents such as the Pages Act of 1875, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II are part of a constantly growing process. underground current that crosses the historic ocean of America. The deletion of this story must end. Now, there has been a new collective effort to back down against hatred instead of quietly accepting the harmful myth of the “model minority” that has made us sweep away micro-aggression, discrimination and violence under the rug. .

As a mother of a daughter who will inevitably have to navigate this world as a woman of Asian heritage, I will not stop struggling to use the voice I have as a journalist to make sure this world is ready to see her. and treat her and all other Asian Americans with respect and dignity.

My hope is that one day he will live in a world that demands nothing less and that he will never have to experience the same concern for the intestinal instinct he had after hearing about the traits.