Why are Asian-Americans the butt of so many racist jokes?
Jessica Prois writes about one of her personal experiences with a racist jokes and goes on to discuss why people seem to think it’s acceptable to target Asian-Americans with racist jokes.
We see Asian jokes all the time on TV and social media such as the one shown below of Chirs Rock at the Oscars
So what’s the reason for targeting Asian-Americans? Jessica writes “Asian culture is both derided and praised for valuing deference, humility and forbearance. We typically don’t speak out, and we know our place. We’ve even been deemed as a model minority ― for all the other minorities to follow!” We have discussed in class this idea that Asians don’t speak out and have talked a lot about how Asian-Americans have been labeled a model minority for many of the stereotypes associated with the group.
This stereotype has lead to the idea that it is more “safe” to target Asian-Americans as they are less likely to retaliate. Jessica writes that this stereotype is not true and there is more push back now than ever from Asian-Americans such as Asians protesting the Watters segment and online movements such as #ModelMinorityMutiny.
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