For Asian Americans, Sharing Our Grief Is an Act of Revolution

With anti-Asian violence on the rise, our fierce love for our elders is compelling us to speak our truth.

3/2/2021 6:41:00 PM

'When we take up space with our grief, we dispel the 'model minority' myth that adamantly claims Asian Americans don’t experience racial trauma.' beyonkz

With anti-Asian violence on the rise, our fierce love for our elders is compelling us to speak our truth.

, Cathy Park Hong situates this silence in the context of our country’s racial politics. She writes: “When I hear the phrase ‘Asians are next in line to be white,’ I replace the world ‘white’ with ‘disappear.’ Asians are next in line to disappear. We are reputed to be so accomplished, and so law-abiding, we will disappear into this country’s amnesiac fog. We will not be the power but become absorbed by power, not share the power of whites but be stooges to a white ideology that exploited our ancestors. This country insists that our racial identity is beside the point, that it has nothing to do with being bullied, or passed over for promotion, or cut off every time we talk.”

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But while erasure may have been the norm in the past, what we’re seeing now is the opposite. Asian Americans are openly sharing their reactions to this racialized violence, as well as their own stories of harassment and discrimination. While our ancestors may have had to swallow their suffering for survival, our fierce love for our elders is unlocking an inherited grief and compelling us to speak our truth.

This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.A post shared by Lacy Nguyen (@l.mn123)There’s something sacred about Asian Americans making our heartache visible. As we mourn publicly, we delegitimize the current order of things. Simply put, our tears, our poems, and our testimonies communicate that things are not okay and that we have been in pain. When we take up space with our grief, we dispel the “model minority” myth that adamantly claims Asian Americans don’t experience racial trauma. When we tell the truth about racial violence, we challenge the hegemonic numbness and silence. We reveal the fallacy of America’s “post-racial” narrative, and our stories rescue us from disappearing into this country’s amnesiac fog. Our collective narration in this moment is rebellious, brave, and beautiful. It is revolutionary. headtopics.com

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