Balancing being Asian-Americain
I Stumbled acorss a CNN article focusing on Asian-americain life and the still existing stereotypes. I think this article is really interesting because it actually sheds light on a lot of the problems we talked about in class, and seemed to give information with an unbiased sense. This article I think is kind of a positive thing, because it seems to bring these issues into focus, reminding people that being American is not only for people that are white, without also being negative towards them.
One thing I liked especially was noting that you can't simply say one is Asian and have that encompass all cultures, languages, and people. The term Asian-american seems like such an old un-updated word, that still floats around carrying all of it's stereotypes, such as not being able to speak enlglish very well or to be good and successfull only in math or science. The acticle also mentions 'Apu' from "The Simpsons" as the old Asian-american stereotype, and how our society is finally starting to move away from that.
I think that this relates to our class topics because of all of the inequalities we talked about considering race. Especially now, I'm very undecided which direction society should strive to head for. Whether it's important for society as a whole to move towards more terms for people of different areas and cultures, or if we as a whole need to move away from labels completely. It seems that by eliminating labels we may be throwing away important pieces of culture, but by creating more distinct labels it could simply increase stereotypes, assumptions and inequalities among us. I generally feel that in our specific society, we would be better of without labels in all aspects, because labels in America generally only lead to further discrimination. What do you think?