[ View the story "#NotYourAsianSidekick lashes out at stereotypes" on Storify] #NotYourAsianSidekick lashes out at stereotypes Hashtag launches a global conversation on Asian American feminism.
The Stream· Mon, Dec 16 2013 09:38:44
This is what I get when I google "asians". So yes, we need to have a #NotYourAsianSidekick convo because we matter.
Nobody will GIVE us a space. We need to MAKE a space to use our voices, build community, and be heard. #NotYourAsianSidekickSuey Park
The conversation began as a discussion of inclusivity and diversity among the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
#NotYourAsianSidekick because I'm tired of the patriarchy in Asian American spaces and sick of the racism in white feminism.Suey Park
Too many Asian men believe and propagate stereotypes about women's roles while condemning white men who do the same. #NotYourAsianSidekickNoah C.
1) Stereotype: Asian women are quiet. HELLO, anyone notice that 99% of #APIA orgs are run by firespitting women? #NotYourAsianSidekickJuliet Shen
I will not conform to your ideas on what my sexuality, mental health, physical body should be like #NotYourAsianSidekickSook Min
Body image is important b/c I had an eating disorder for a long time due to strict expectations of Americans &Koreans. #NotYourAsianSidekickSuey Park
#NotYourAsianSidekick there IS internalized anti-black/ness racism within my communities. makes some of us LIKE being the "model minority."Jenny Yang
3) Our cultures are family centered & makes it difficult to have critical conversations about sexism #NotYourAsianSidekickJuliet Shen
Some of the tweets discussed ideals of masculinity and femininity.
Same skin doesn't make us kin. We're different individuals w our own beliefs, & I believe that I don't belong to you. #NotYourAsianSidekickJuliet Shen
Buying into the system that emasculates us, fetishizes our sisters- thinking that’s the key to liberation? #facepalm #NotYourAsianSidekickJustin
Like, for AsAm men buying into hyper-euro-american ideas of masculinity, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia…#NotYourAsianSidekickJustin
5) AsAm masculinity is so complicated. Witnessing AsAm men be emasculated in media/society is painful &heartbreaking. #NotYourAsianSidekickcassie
Many reflected on the legacy of American and European colonialism and racism.
I'm #NotYourAsianSidekick because my immigrant parents sacrificed everything except self-respect.Hari Kondabolu
#NotYourAsianSidekick because America, you have built a country off of the backs of people of color in greed and violence.Suey Park
US colonialism has told Filipinas that Asian men are less desirable, that it's white men who will save us #NotYourAsianSidekickpdxPinay
The conversation addressed numerous other issues, including disability, the idea of a "model minority", and the appropriateness of the term "Asian American". The reaction to the conversation was largely positive, with many welcoming the discussion. Check out the full conversation
#NotYourAsianSidekick The use of the modifier "Asian" with the hyphen before American is to say we are not fully American.Suey Park
#NotYourAsianSidekick is trending because what u dismissively call "political correctness" is what I call "my life."Jenny Yang
If I'd read #NotYourAsianSidekick trend as a teenager I would've felt so glad to know there were others out there experiencing same thingsRubedoo
Now thinking about WHY I rarely get to talk about issues brought up on #NotYourAsianSidekick. The thing is, where is that space to talk?Something About Cats
Change in social attitudes towards Asian women is a long way off, but opening up the conversation is a great start #NotYourAsianSidekickAn L