[ View the story "#MyAsianAmericanStory takes on 'racist' comments by Jeb Bush " on Storify] #MyAsianAmericanStory takes on 'racist' comments by Jeb Bush Asian Americans challenge presidential candidate's labeling of their community.
The Stream· Wed, Aug 26 2015 19:06:14
Our stories are valuable and we gain strength in their retelling. #MyAsianAmericanStoryJason Fong
The hashtag has reached more than
in the past day as Asian Americans share stories of feeling stigmatised.
Still remember being called "chinese noodles" and having kids pull squinty eyes at me in elementary school. #MyAsianAmericanStoryAngela Chang
#MyAsianAmericanStory was hearing my white mom's friends ruthlessly add an accent when imitating my Korean dad's voice after he diedmultiracial ahjussi
During grad school, my professor would introduce me to guests as an international student. I was raised in CA #MyAsianAmericanStoryDiep Tran
Getting told "ni hao" whenever you pass the street and when you call out "I'm not chinese" they say "sorry, konichiwa" #MyAsianAmericanStoryjenny
Others reflected on the challenges their parents and grandparents faced starting a new life in the US:
In Mississippi they wouldn't let my grandmother give birth in their only hospital because it was "whites only". #MyAsianAmericanStoryMegan Tsang
My great-grandfather changed his name from Min Chung to William Ford. We kind of look alike. #MyAsianAmericanStory
#MyAsianAmericanStory My parents worked so damn hard for me to live comfortably, only to see me struggle in a color-torn country.Carl Caballes
My dad saved lives. American ones. Just saying @realDonaldTrump @JebBush #MyAsianAmericanStory #vietnamwar #warhero
People revealed their struggles with feeling out of place in both the Asian American community and the white American one.
When your own family shames you for 'not being Asian enough' but you also get shamed for 'not being white enough'.
I'm still trying to figure out how to reconcile the fact that I'll never be "American enough" or "Japanese enough". #MyAsianAmericanStoryKellie Komorita
Throughout my childhood as an #adoptee, I was bullied for not being #Korean "enough" & told I wasn't a real #Asian. #MyAsianAmericanStoryThe Messinger of Joy
The online conversation reaffirmed the complexities of race relations in the US.
I know #MyAsianAmericanStory was started to push back against the idea of a single story abt our diasporas & lives & experiences.The Messinger of Joy
But I want to challenge folks in #MyAsianAmericanStory to consider if/how their actions have perpetuated oppression instead of inclusivity.The Messinger of Joy
Latino Americans also have tried to fight off the "anchor baby" stereotype in the past. Some Asian Americans
they are now being called "anchor babies" because Bush doesn't want to offend Latinos, a key voting bloc in elections.
Jeb Bush bet it's better to alienate Asian America vs Latino Americans. Passive stereotype. We're proving him wrong. #MyAsianAmericanStoryHeatherJChin
#myasianamericanstory can't be summarized in 140 characters. also, I shouldn't have to defend my family's worth.rose l. chou