Identity isn’t static. It changes shape with our experiences, how the world views us and how we interact with our communities.
A recent wave of violence, including attacks in New York and California, has brought new attention to anti-Asian bias, what it means to be of Asian descent in the United States and what the term “Asian American” means to the millions of people it aims to describe.
The term, which originated in the late 1960s, was inspired by activism during the Black Power movement as a way of creating solidarity across ethnicities. Over the years, some have embraced it as a powerful way to form community and achieve political power. Others don’t identify with it so easily.
If your family is from Asia, how do you feel about being identified as Asian-American? When and how did that begin for you? Do you see it differently than others in your community (family, friends, colleagues, romantic partners, etc.)?
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