The Asian American Community And Racial Relations

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The Asian American Community and Racial Relations
The Asian American community history is filled with countless events of social and racial injustices against the community that the common public does not recognize.
Today America claims that racial discrimination is becoming less of a problem but to the Asian American community the situation never changed. As to this day people are facing discrimination in the form of hate crimes from the rising numbers of white supremacists. In the form of verbal harassment, physical abuse, threats of deportation, etc. They are also facing issues in the forms of cultural and social barriers such as culture, language, and overall understanding. It is viewed in many events throughout the history of Asian American
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Looking at Zia’s chapter, “To Market, To Market, New York Style” she mentions that based on the middleman minority theory the Black community generally hated the Koreans (Zia). However, this is not true as the community simply had social customs that were considered rude (Zia). This does not mean Koreans were prejudiced free as they constantly saw blacks as, ‘Crime-prone predators’ (Zia 95) because of Hollywood and American G.I.’s. As a result, both communities loathe each other which worsen racial relations. Looking directly at the L.A. riots, Zia’s, “Lost and Found in L.A.” mentions like in her previous chapter racial relations were not well. Continuing from the chapter, the media portrayed the shooting of Latsha Harlins as a racial incident worsening each’s other anger (Zia). To the point, any peacekeeper would be, “Called out as an apologist and sellout” (Zia 181). So, when the L.A. riots occurred racial tensions peaked and all was scared from the events. Looking back at the time is Kim’s documentary “Home is Where the Hans Are” where she states America was the dream for fortune and fame until it turned out as a lie because they had to struggle in this new country to survive (Kim). This relates back to lecture and Zia’s point on the middleman minority theory as both state that the black community were against the Koreans because they were financially better. However the video Wet Sand…show more content…
After the events the immense population of Arabic, Pakistani, Bengalese and people from Muslim majority countries despite their different backgrounds were looked to as potential terrorists (Maira). According to Maira’s, “Youth culture, Citizenship, and Globalization” the youth from these countries are usually the one that will work and study at the same time but also, the ones that will support America (Maira). An example is Sohali, an Indian Muslim immigrant, who works and study but does have relations with the other communities. However, after the events he like many other youths are being labeled as potential terrorists while also thinking if they are the enemies. On another point of the attacks effects, it led to racializing citizenship as Leti Volpp states that Muslium or Middle Eastern groups are now being labeled as terrorists and non-citizens (Maira 345). For all the Arabic, Muslim, and South Asian that are living in America, after the attack they were forced to live their lives in fear due to racial and religious profiling of being labeled as a terrorist. As these people are not only immigrants but rather people who are coming to help support their family back home but also their hosting country. Which to this day are still being categorized as terrorists due to racial and religious profiling that goes beyond the conventional model of black and white
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