Meet the Asian Americans helping to uproot racism in their communities

As more details around the death of George Floyd are revealed, other developments, including that the ex-officer charged with murder in the case was married to a Hmong American woman, have prompted discussion. It’s also led to a spate of hateful online remarks in the Asian American community around interracial relationships. The ex-officer, Derek Chauvin, was fired the day after Floyd’s death and now faces murder and manslaughter charges. The day after his arrest last month, his wife, Kellie, filed for divorce , citing “an irretrievable breakdown” in the marriage. She also indicated her intention to change her name. Many experts feel the reaction is symptomatic of attitudes that many in the community, especially certain men, have held toward women in interracial relationships, particularly with white men. Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the nonprofit National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, told NBC Asian America that by passing judgment on Asian women’s interracial relationships without context or details essentially removes their independence.

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An analysis of in-depth interviews with grown children of Korean and Vietnamese immigrants finds that the racial beliefs, meanings, and stereotypes of the mainstream society shape how they think about coethnics, generate local identities, and deflect stigma from themselves. We draw on the concept of internalized racial oppression in framing our findings.

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Abe Kim’s TikTok video calling out the fetishization of Asian men has received millions of views and thousands of comments in just one week.

Sexual racism is an individual’s sexual preference for specific races. It is an inclination towards or against potential sexual or romantic partners on the basis of perceived racial identity. Although discrimination among partners based on perceived racial identity is characterized by some as a form of racism , it is presented as a matter of preference by others. The origins of sexual racism can be explained by looking at its history, especially in the US, where the abolition of slavery and the Reconstruction Era had significant impacts on interracial mixing.

Public opinion of interracial marriage and relationships have increased in positivity in the last 50 years. After the abolition of slavery in , white Americans showed an increasing fear of racial mixture.

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A paradigm example of racial fetish is what is popularly known as ‘yellow fever’: a preference for Asian women (and men). I shall be particularly concerned with the​.

But until recently, there was no way to measure how this racialized sexual discrimination — also known as sexual racism — impacted the well-being of gay and bisexual men of color using mobile apps and dating websites to search for sexual and romantic partners. Racialized sexual discrimination, broadly speaking, refers to the exclusion or conversely, fetishization of certain racial groups over another.

It is a phenomenon that explores the overlap between racial and gender stereotypes, and its consequences on interracial dating. This, say, researchers, is a relatively new area of study which explains the need to measure its psychological impact. To this end, Ryan Wade, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, and Gary Harper, a professor of health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan, developed a scale to assess these consequences of racism.

Upon administering a survey that incorporated this scale, Wade and Harper found that racialized sexual discrimination negatively impacted the self-esteem and overall psychological health of racial and ethnic minorities in addition to instigating feelings of shame, humiliation, and inferiority. About 2, young gay and bisexual black men between ages 18 and 29 participated in the survey and answered questions on their experiences of racialized sexual discrimination.

These were then classified into four categories, namely, exclusion, rejection, degradation and erotic objectification. Along with finding the psychological effects of racialized sexual discrimination, the researchers noted that such discrimination happened much less when men met their prospective partners in person. But it occurred in multiple ways in online communities.

The researchers also observed that a majority of people expressing these race-based preferences were usually white. Besides color-based preferences, the researchers also noted racialized sexual discrimination emerging in statements that reject, erotically objectify, or belittle men of color. The development of this scale has come at a time when most research on young black gay or bisexual men, say the authors, has been done on how racism impacts their sexual health with a large part focusing on HIV.

Anubhuti Matta is an associate editor with The Swaddle.

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The current study investigated the direct and moderating effects of racial identity, ethnic identity, Asian values, and race-related stress on positive psychological well-being among Asian American and Asian international college students. Results revealed that the racial identity statuses Internalization, Immersion-Emersion, Dissonance, Asian values and Ethnic Identity Affirmation and Belonging were significant predictors of well-being.

Asian values, Dissonance and Conformity were found to moderate the relationship between race-related stress on well-being. Specifically, individuals in low race-related stress conditions who had low Asian values, high Conformity and low Dissonance attitudes started high on well being but decreased as race-related stress increased. These findings underscore the importance of how racial identity statuses, Asian values and ethnic identity jointly and uniquely explain and moderate the effects of race-related stress on positive well-being.

Implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed.

Adam Gagnon was grocery shopping at a Longueuil Maxi when he said he was verbally and physically harassed because of his Asian heritage.

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All the emotions of that time came rushing back while she watched Netflix’s newest ‘dating show’: Indian Matchmaking. The reality show about a high-flying Indian matchmaker named Sima Taparia has spawned thousands of articles, social media takes, critiques and memes. More importantly, it’s inspired real-life conversations about what it means to be a young South Asian person trying to navigate marriage, love — and yes, parental expectations. Many young South Asian Australians told ABC Life they’ve seen aspects of their real lives being played out in the show, but that of course, one reality program could never capture the myriad experiences of people across many communities, language groups, religions, genders, sexualities, traditions and castes of the subcontinental region.

Some have given up on the tradition by choosing a partner through Western dating, while others have modernised it and made it work for them. A common thread among all was the question: “How do I keep my parents happy while also doing what I need for myself?

Research shows that online dating coincided with an increase in interracial marriages. But some dating app users say that Asian men and.

Ashley Brown. In , user data on OkCupid showed that most men on the site rated black women as less attractive than women of other races and ethnicities. That resonated with Ari Curtis, 28, and inspired her blog, Least Desirable. Kholood Eid for NPR hide caption. These were the types of messages Jason, a year-old Los Angeles resident, remembers receiving on different dating apps and websites when he logged on in his search for love seven years ago.

He has since deleted the messages and apps. Jason is earning his doctorate with a goal of helping people with mental health needs. NPR is not using his last name to protect his privacy and that of the clients he works with in his internship. He is gay and Filipino and says he felt like he had no choice but to deal with the rejections based on his ethnicity as he pursued a relationship. Jason, a year-old Los Angeles resident, says he received racist messages on different dating apps and websites in his search for love.

Jason says he faced it and thought about it quite a bit. So he wasn’t surprised when he read a blog post from OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder in about race and attraction. Rudder wrote that user data showed that most men on the site rated black women as less attractive than women of other races and ethnicities.

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Meanwhile, extremists continue to spread antisemitic and xenophobic conspiracies about COVID, blaming Jews and China for creating, spreading and profiting off the virus. The following is a representative list of coronavirus-related anti-Asian incidents reported in the media or by the victims. The description of the victims is based on media reporting. The flyers included the message “Kill China Virus.

Michael Rivera has spoken out about the racism he has faced on Grindr as a gay Asian man since the coronavirus pandemic seized daily life.

I groaned as all the signs I had ignored collided like pieces of Tetris and sank deep into my gut. It was a Saturday afternoon and I was sitting in bed browsing through Bumble. I had been on this supposedly classier version of Tinder for about two weeks. As a junior doctor, it is rare that I stay in the same place for more than a couple of years and I was due to move in the next few months — Bumble was just my way of social profiling.

Justin was thirty-one and a corporate professional. He was white with curly black hair and grey eyes behind wire-framed glasses. I was born in Canada and can speak French. I really like this one! He can write in full sentences! I thought to myself.

Sexual racism

A Singaporean student and a Vietnamese art curator are reported to be the latest targets of xenophobia and racism related to coronavirus in the U. On March 6, cases of coronavirus worldwide surpassed , as the U. Jonathan Mok, a year-old from Singapore, detailed on social media how he was allegedly attacked while walking down Oxford Street in central London on Feb.

People participate in a rally in support of Chinese people and people around the world in fighting the novel coronavirus, COVID, in Chinatown.

Dating and hook-up service Grindr has announced its intention to remove the “ethnicity filter” from its popular app. The controversial function allowed paying users to filter out prospective partners based on ethnicity labels such as “Asian”, “Black” and “Latino”. Long criticised as racist, the filter also helped to create a culture where users were emboldened to express their racism.

Alongside other dating apps, Grindr has a reputation for sexual racism — the exclusion of potential partners based on race. In Grindr tried to amend this perception with the “Kindr Grindr” initiative. This move banned the use of exclusionary language such as “No Asians” and “No Blacks” in user bios, and attempted to explain to users why these statements are harmful and unacceptable.

However, the “ethnicity filter” remained until last week, when Grindr announced it would be removed as a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Grindr’s actions were catalysed by recent protests in the United States, but sexual racism is also a serious issue in Australia. One of us Gene Lim is researching how sexual racism impacts gay and bisexual Asian men in Australia. Grindr was repeatedly singled out by research participants as a site where they regularly experienced sexual racism — both in user bios, and interactions with others.

He says “send me a picture of your face”. I send him a picture of my face, and he says “oh you’re an Indian.

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Gene Lim does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Long criticised as racist , the filter also helped to create a culture where users were emboldened to express their racism. Alongside other dating apps, Grindr has a reputation for sexual racism — the exclusion of potential partners based on race.

Read more: Despite Indigenous deaths in custody since , no one has ever been convicted. Racist silence and complicity are to blame. One of us Gene Lim is researching how sexual racism impacts gay and bisexual Asian men in Australia.

There were strong indications that the types of subtle racism directed at Asian Americans may be qualitatively and quantitatively different from other marginalized.

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. While the epidemic may be new, xenophobia has been intertwined with public health discourse for a very long time. The coronavirus outbreak has created global anxiety since the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China, late last year.

So far, over 30, illnesses and deaths have been reported in mainland China, with cases in the double digits found throughout Asia, parts of Europe, Australia, and beyond; in the US, 12 people have been found to have the pneumonia-like virus. In response, Chinese cities have been quarantined, borders have been sealed, and travel has been banned. While panic about a sudden, deadly virus is to be expected, some fears — especially in North America and the West — have been based on something other than health.

The panic has exposed a deep-seated xenophobia, and with it, a symptom of its own has surfaced: hostility toward East Asian people. While some efforts to contain the virus seem fairly practical — like the suspension of flights to mainland China — others seem to be unfairly targeting Asian people. Adding to the panic are conspiracy theories. The severity of this wave of xenophobia has even been minimized by respected educational institutions.

Confused and honestly very angry about this Instagram post from an official UCBerkeley Instagram account. It is uncovering what has long been baked into Western culture.

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Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a disturbing pattern of anti-Asian violence around the globe. At a press briefing last Friday, the Vancouver Police announced that hate crimes against people of East Asian descent in Vancouver doubled last month, from five in March to 11 in April, totaling 20 so far this year, a dramatic increase from the 12 registered reports in all of They also appealed to the public for assistance in catching a man who spray painted four large windows of the Chinese Cultural Centre in Chinatown with racist graffiti a month ago.

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I’m a 22 year old South Korean male. I’ll be visiting the city of Buenos Aires for about 18 days to visit a friend, and I’m so excited about it. I was googling things about Argentina and unfortunately I’ve read some news about racism there. Now I’m really concerned about the racism I might encounter. I’ve been around the world a lot so I’m very familiar with racism and how devastating it can be. I’m confident that most of the people in Buenos Aires are nice and friendly. But what I’m worried about are the people who are not.

I’ve read some posts on forums and they said it’s only ‘casual racism’ and is not intended to be offensive. Which is not comforting at all I am really concerned and want to ask some questions that can appear to be too straightforward. Honest answers would much be appreciated.

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