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John Cho pens Op-Ed: Coronavirus reminds Asian Americans like me that our belonging is conditional



Not sure how to summarise this, but here are a few quotes?

- "I called my parents a few nights ago to tell them to be cautious when stepping out of the house, because they might be targets of verbal or even physical abuse. It felt so strange. Our roles had flipped."

- Growing up, the assumption was that once we became American enough, there would be no need for such warnings — that we would be safe....The hope was that race would not disadvantage us — the next generation — if we played our cards right.

-When I became an actor ... and really started to work, I felt glimmers of my parents’ hope coming to fruition — doors were open, strangers were kinder. In some ways, I began to lead a life devoid of race. But I’ve learned that a moment always comes along to remind you that your race defines you above all else.

- Asian Americans are experiencing such a moment right now. The pandemic is reminding us that our belonging is conditional. One moment we are Americans, the next we are all foreigners, who “brought” the virus here.

- Never mind that 12% of us are living below the poverty line. The model minority myth helps maintain a status quo that works against people of all colors.


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