“You’ve gotta look like a man,” but why?

“You gotta look like a man” This is the kind of feedback we use during practices for Northwestern’s Bhangra team, a competitive Indian dance team here at Northwestern. I don’t think Bhangra is inherently sexist, and I am certainly not accusing my team members and myself of sexism, but I do think this attitude within…

Reformative Radical or Radical Reformist? Approaches in Media Activism

As we have mentioned in class discussion, media representation of People of Color is an extremely important issue that must be recognized in the discourse of social justice. Media representation can be used by different people to discern the dominant sets of ideas surrounding certain groups, support hegemonic stereotyping of marginalized identities, and/or alter traditional…

Anti-indifference: on being Asian-American abroad

I spent a summer in Serbia studying abroad. And Since coming home, I try to keep up with news from the region now and then. Lately, one of the news outlets, Balkan Insight, has been full of stories about Trump and people’s opinions of him in the region. While he has his condemners, he also…

Too Asian: Civilization-centering through stereotyping

Growing up, I remember my mom saying, “In China, school is rote memorization. The kids do better on tests, but American schools teach creativity”. Her words echoed a larger sentiment perpetuated by western media onto Asian American students themselves. An example of where this emerges is an controversial article published by Maclean’s, initially titled Too…

Looking sharp. Like, literally though, I’m talking scalpels.

My sister likes to carry herself like a six-foot-three, white man, with a presence that commands respect and demands to be heard. And, I think, given her current foremost identity marker as a medical student, this is her way of fighting for the right to live and be treated with dignity (Chou 181). However, since…

Asian-American Advocacy Against Bans on Sex-Selective Abortions

Between 2009 and 2013, over 60 bills banning sex-selective abortions— abortions aimed to control the sex of one’s child— were introduced at state and federal levels. These bills, thinly veiled in ironically re-appropriated gender equality terms, called out specific AAPI ethnic groups for “eliminating” “tens of thousands of unborn girls” for being “considered by some…

Asian American Mental Health: Struggling in Silence

When we read an excerpt from Amy Chua’s “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” in class, it brought up an interesting discussion about Asian American mental health. More specifically, we addressed how current available mental health services are geared toward a universal white subject, and therapists in the United States simply can’t understand the type…

My Mother’s Necklace

My mother only knew my father for 4 days before she decided to marry him. A month after their wedding she was in a foreign country giving thanks in honor of a harvest between the earliest colonials and “Indians of the New World.” I was born two years later in a country far different than the one my mother grew…

We have a long ways to go

Growing up, I rarely contemplated how my parents’ experiences as a minority in a white-dominated world affected me as a second-generation American. Advice, like how cautious I should be when painting my culture to White people or how I should always forgive and forget (a motto my father instilled in me), are ideas passed down…

Not One Moment

Exactly two weeks after a (not?) apocalyptic presidential election, here we are still talking about it because, or else, neoliberalism will win. The activating last chapter of Rosalind Chou’s Asian American Sexual Politics was assigned at the most apt time, not just within the course but for us right now. The resonance of Chou’s final analysis…

Hegemonic Hotness [UPDATED]

An all Asian-American team of producers, artists, and actors have been working to create It’s Asian Men!, a Magic Mike reinterpretation with, as the title suggests, hot Asian male dancers in the leading roles.