But the federal response is tremendously inadequate when it comes to preventing violence against Asian Americans. In order to effect meaningful and lasting change, we need an educational campaign that begins in K-12 schools that reveals the strength and complexity of Asian Americans, just like any man. People’s lives depend on it.
At the heart of anti-Asian American racism is the assumption that we are foreigners and “others” instead of “our fellow Americans” for using the language of President Joe Biden. That’s why Asian Americans face constant questions about where we are from, are congratulated on speaking English, and are presented with unsolicited details about people’s travels in Asia.
Current federal initiatives will not address this fundamental misconception, although the Department of Justice is making a concerted effort. fight hate crimes against Asian Americans
, while two congressmen have introduced a bill in expedite review
of pandemic-related hate crimes. But these efforts, in many ways, are similar to chasing the wind. They focus heavily on dealing with crimes after their commission. To create change, we need to go back in the other direction. The most effective way is through education.
Most Americans are taught little about Asian Americans faster growth
racial or minority group in the country, and diverse. The arrival of Asian immigrants in what would eventually be called America dates back to the 1500s
, and the phrase “Asian American,” which was coined in the 1960s
, includes more than 20 million people
with dozens of different ethnic identities. However, what is taught to children in school is often limited to the arrival of Chinese immigrants in the 19th century and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The popular media, which continues to mock and misrepresent Asian Americans, fills the gaps.
Education must go beyond the resources offered for Asian American Heritage Month each May. The U.S. Department of Education can provide grants to schools to teach in Asian America. At the state level, there is already a push to include Asian American history in school curricula in places like California
. But teachers across the country should routinely incorporate Asian Americans into their existing lessons to demonstrate how they are part of American history. This means celebrating their successes and examining their flaws.
For example, when discussing the history of workers ’rights, lesson plans may include how Filipino-American agricultural workers teamed up with Mexican-Americans to create the United Union of Agricultural Workers in the 1960s and engaged in the successful boycott
of the California Wine Industry. These contributions to labor activism continue today. Ai-Jen Poo, for example, led the effort to surpass the pioneer Declaration of the rights of domestic workers
, Which one provides
paid sick days, overtime pay and other protections for domestic workers in nine states.
At the same time, students can learn that where work problems arise often depends on their occupation, as with any American. Asian American entrepreneurs, for example, have helped and promoted fellow Asian-Americans. But they have also been fined in some cases mistreating peers
Asian American employees for theft of wages and unsafe working conditions.
Teachers can also incorporate Asian-American activism into discussions about the civil rights movement. The best known is Yuri Kochiyama, an activist he worked with Malcolm X
and was famously captured in photographs kneeling beside him when he was shot dead. Today there are Asian American activists stand
for Black Lives Matter. These examples show that racial progress has often involved multi-racial coalitions.
And yet, teachers should not shy away from talking about tensions that have sometimes affected Asian-American and black communities (cases, for example, of anti-black racism among Asian Americans) in more nuanced lessons about racial relations. In 1991, clashes between Korean Americans and black Americans in Los Angeles occurred when a Korean store owner reached a climax. shot dead
Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old African-American girl, after accusing her of trying to steal a bottle of orange juice. When the Los Angeles riots erupted a year later, after four white police officers were acquitted of beating black motorist Rodney King, Korean-owned companies maintained significant damage
In contrast to that of President Trump Commission of 1776
, which recommends that federal agencies “promote patriotic education,” schools should be advised to teach about white supremacy and its relationship with Asian America. This may include the history of racist legislation, such as the Pages Act of 1875
or he Chinese exclusion law
and the origin of stereotypes such as the model of minority myths
which is used to pit Asian Americans against black Americans and other groups. Only in this way can racist attitudes be challenged. History lessons from military companies such as the Korean War or the Vietnam War could be used to explain migratory waves, which could help students understand that for many immigrants, the phrase, “We’re here because you were there”
Students should also realize how white supremacy works in subtle ways, including school walls. When Asian American students excel over whites, they are too often punished by educators working too hard
. However, when white students outnumber students of color, the reaction is the opposite and some teachers may blame them. about students of color
, or their parents. He “hidden resume”
in many schools racism and racial stereotypes can also be reinforced, which benefits white students and puts immigrants and students of color at a disadvantage.
There is no story to tell about Asian Americans, a group that is too often seen as a monolith. Without a strong educational effort, the federal government cannot meet its own expectations to deal with anti-Asian American racism.