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Not Your Token Asian: The Year We Weaponized The Model Minority Myth

This year’s Not Your Token Asian interrogates who among us benefit at the expense of others, and how part of demanding justice for ourselves means demanding justice for each other.

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Not Your Token Asian: The Year We Weaponized The Model Minority Myth
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    “Asians Don’t Quit”

    “Asians Don’t Quit”

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    Refinery29 - Connie Wang

    For immigrants, activities like piano aren’t just “for fun.” They’re spaces in which the rules of America are taught and confirmed. I wasn’t an especially chatty kid to begin with, but every Sunday afternoon, from the ages of six to 18, I was functionally mute. Two hours before my weekly piano …

    The Asian American Activism You Won’t See On Instagram

    The Asian American Activism You Won’t See On Instagram

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    Refinery29 - Kim Tran

    The most effective work that’s being done to protect and support our communities isn’t meant to look nice on social media. There are two Asian Americas. The first is led by a small, loud cohort of Asians who often take to social media platforms to spread awareness of their personal struggles with …

    The Year We Weaponized The Model Minority Myth

    The Year We Weaponized The Model Minority Myth

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    Refinery29 - Roslyn Talusan

    Ironically, it’s “model minorities” who benefit the most from calling it a myth. Barely a month following the horrific mass shooting in Atlanta, I noticed accounts on my Twitter timeline roasting a certain op-ed. Featuring a black-and-white portrait of the Chinese American author in a smokey eye and …

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