Every Asian American male growing up outside of the few U.S. locales with a very high Asian American population has a narrative that includes being bullied, harassed, or beaten because of the anti-Asian sentiment that pervades America all the way up to law enforcement. Hell, even Jeremy Lin, who grew up in the Bay Area got targeted.
(Guest post by J.A. O’Connor on seeing how one Asian guy did exactly the right thing.)
I’ve written about my experience in the Midwest, and I can tell you that if you’re an Asian guy, you will be targeted, belittled, and discriminated against. It’s not simply a possibility; this will happen. If you’re lucky, or turn meek and subservient, you might get by with a little less hostility.
Oh, and by the way, you can become an NBA star like Jeremy did, it’s not going to stop. It’s sort of an American tradition, really.
America’s anti-Asian racism is so bad that parents pass it on to their kids. The kids then act on it and bully their classmates. (You don’t think kids were born racist do you? They get it from somewhere.) It’s so commonplace that the issue has embarrassed politicians and the Whitehouse into a initiative to help curb it (as mentioned in the videos).
I’m guessing this initiative isn’t going to solve much of anything. It might. You never know. I’m a man of action though, so in the meantime, Asian fellas, I’d suggest hitting the gym and joining a dojo. Become a badass. Learn to defend yourself. Keep true to your values – be kind, dignified, and act honorably. But if you’re being attacked, incapacitate that racist fuck.