Two perspectives on Asian-American life that riff on fantasy and stereotype: “Interior Chinatown” & “Tiger Style!” | Boing Boing

Hate crimes against Asian-Americans have been on the rise. “Some of these cases have made it to national news, but most haven’t,” wrote Anne Anlin Cheng in a recent op-ed for The New York Times. “The low profile of this wave of violence is a reminder of how racial violence goes unexamined when it doesn’t fit neatly into the standard narrative of race in America.”Thanks in large part to the “model minority” myth, Asian-American have been forced to occupy a strange liminal space in a country that’s in other ways been hyperfocused on the dichotomy of Blackness and Whiteness. While it’s true that the country still struggles to grapple with the complications of its history with slavery and civil rights for Black Americans, things like the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act are completely forgotten and ignored.
This is the reality that some 20 million Asian-Americans have been forced to live with. But it’s on ……

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