AAPI Attacks Are Just Another Racism Issue Around Country

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Atlanta. San Francisco. Los Angeles. New York City. Ontario. Seattle. Pennsylvania. Oakland. 

These are some of the many places where AAPI (Asian-American Pacific Islander) attacks have cost lives, permanent scars, realization, and pure disgust about the hate filled in this world.

From elderly going out to get their groceries in Chinatown, to women working in a massage parlor to get their daily earnings in order to give their children a better life, or even stepping outside onto the sidewalk for some fresh air. 

There are lives being taken away, simply because of who they are and the mindset that normalized racism can backup their racist actions. 

It is time to listen to AAPI stories, stand up for those who cannot, and realize that racism towards the Asian/PI community has been overlooked so much that people find that it is OK for one to be targeted because society said so. 

“Myself being a Vietnamese-American who came to the States as a refugee with his mother, father, and uncle, I am incredibly proud of having preserved many of the key teachings of my parents’ generation,” said robotics teacher Mr. Nguyen. “Especially around the value of hard work and dedication to whatever endeavors I take on in addition to the preservation of our cultural treasures (namely language, food, and spiritual practice).” 

Asian-Americans are like any other people, coming to this exact country to search for a better life. They carry their culture on their shoulders, proud and high. 

The perseverance of past generations live in their blood, knowing that they need that exact mindset to survive the endeavors of the United States. 

“Like many, my family and I have strived to work hard in our lives here in America to improve the quality of life for our family and relatives,” said Nguyen. “Earn more resources to support one another and family members overseas/far away, and given our best efforts to be productive members of society in support of the vision that brought us to this land.” 

Asians try their very best to move into this country to move at the pace of the United States. From mom and pops businesses, to working overtime, and dealing with discrimination. These people are everyday citizens striving for the “American Dream.” 

With the thriving of the culture, comes the mockery. When the mockery becomes used over and over during a long duration of time, people start to think that just because they are not fighting back, it is OKto continue the harsh acts. 

“Honestly, I think throughout the years racism towards the Asian community turned into jokes that people would always say and personally sometimes it does bother me,” said senior Shamil  Joy Marzan Ilumin.

Nowadays, these same jokes are so normalized that they can be considered as jokes. When in reality, society cannot accept them as jokes anymore and instead see how it was meant to attack the AAPI community. Underlying racism. 

AAPI jokes are seen as harmless, due to the fact that non-AAPI communities have continued the tradition where people start to think that it is OK to say these jokes. 

“I don’t really say/tell the person(s) that it does so in a way because I feel like Asians don’t really speak about it that much in fear of being called ‘sensitive,’” said Ilumin.

Being told to “ignore” these jokes, gives those who normalized racism towards Asians the upper hand to show that Asians won’t say anything. This harms the community where more heinous acts are happening, to show how “weak” the Asian community is. 

“I think racism to Asian-American is so normalized because in most Asian cultures, it’s disrespectful and against the laws to speak up,” said junior Ray Mackay. “I think people use that to their advantage.” 

Asian-American children are often told to let it go, because their words won’t affect your success. When in reality, it can affect how the world sees the culture and gives the world the opportunity to step on something that is part of you. 

These so-called “jokes” can have very dark histories, or simply just stereotypes that most know and often say. It is important to stick up for those you see getting told these things, because while they might be used to it, you should know that one being used to racism is a problem. 

“Because I’m Japanese, people have ‘joked’ with me about the two bombs that were dropped on Japan,” said Mackay. “I’ve always been disgusted and saddened because people talk about it so easily, especially making fun of it to a Japanese person.” 

While some people make fun of these beautiful cultures, they still take the good parts of Japanese culture and use it to their advantage. Anime, manga, sushi, the art, etc. are all used by non-AAPI people.

“Asian Americans are typically praised for the stereotypes the world has forced them into, such as being intelligent in a certain subject or work field,” said junior Elizah Maanao. “Racism is racism, point blank period. Racism against Asians is often overlooked and invalidated because it isn’t ‘as serious’ as other situations.” 

Like any stereotypes made, they paint a certain race to follow those stereotypes. Just because society is painted to have Asian-Americans a certain way, does not mean that it is an excuse to throw racist remarks whenever it fits. 

“There has also been many times I’ve been made fun of and ridiculed for my appearance because of my ‘Chinese eyes’ and having people around me make pulling motions on their own eyes while saying ‘Ching Chong’ as a form of mockery,” said Maanao.  

The mockery of Asian eyes has been happening for many, many, many years. From the way that AAPI have been mocked for their eyes, is what non-AAPI used to their advantage in the “fox-eyed trend” where you pull your eyes back. 

Racism towards one race is just an example of how much racism is brewed in this country, and the world. The fight against racism is still everlasting where the fight against #StopAsianHate is a great example of a community coming together to not only fight against racism, but the society behind it. 

Recognize Asian-American successes. Understand the backstory of why such stereotypes are harming to the community. Protect the elders that cannot speak out for themselves. 

“I want everyone to know that we shouldn’t judge, discriminate, or hate someone because of their race or ethnicity, no matter who they are or what they did,” said freshman Dianna Choummanyvong. “This doesn’t just apply to what’s happening now, but in general and as for non-Asian people; please know that Asians and Asian Americans are humans too, they have feelings, thoughts, families, and a life they just want to live.”

This generation is fighting for a change. Fighting for a change where a mother does not have to worry about making it home and where an Asian-American child can roam the world freely, knowing that people appreciate them for who they are.