“You’re So Pretty, You Must Be Half-White”
I had my 14th and 15th birthdays during Covid, when anti-Asian violence was on the rise. Previously, I had experienced a few racist people pull their eyes back and make offensive remarks about eating dogs, but this was the first time I felt afraid and unwanted in my own country.
What the “Model Minority” Myth Gets Wrong: A Conversation
by Helen Chen and Richi Barua
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans have been affected by surging rates of unemployment and increased aggression due to rising xenophobia. Asian youth are not immune to these developments, which they see affecting their friends, family, and neighborhoods. Two of our writers, Helen Chen and Richi Barua, have been trying to articulate their feelings on being Asian American during this trying period.
It’s More Than a Game
by Kevin Louie
It was ideal New York weather to play basketball: a sunny, spring day. About a dozen of my friends and I had just finished school. When we got to the courts, we divided up and started playing, subbing in and out until we got tired.
It’s Not a Crime to Be Asian
by Claire Shin
In late March, I was casually taking what would turn out to be one of my final rides on the #2 train. At the time I had no idea that in a few days I’d be stuck at home because of the spread of the coronavirus, fearing for my mother’s life because of her lupus.
Report Hate Crimes, Seek and Give Help
by Kevin Louie
I wanted to learn more about the struggles Asian Americans are facing during the coronavirus pandemic and what can be done to support them. I interviewed Meera Venugopal, the development and communications manager of the Asian American Federation, and Joyce Moy, executive director of the Asian American/Asian Research Institute at the City University of New York.
From Feeling Safe to Feeling Like a Stereotype
by Christina Li
My fondness for the sport was growing. Even though I was just a substitute in our gym class soccer game, I cheered excitedly, watching my teammates try to score a goal. My voice was hoarse, but I felt like part of the bigger group, a united community.