Remembering Multiculturalism

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Just wanted to post up a snippet of an interesting article I found down at

The passing of leading thinkers in the ethnic studies canon — Ron Takaki, Mark Him Lai, Richard Aoki, and the poet Al Robles — in the last few months challenges us to complete unfinished tasks.

During the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, whenever anyone would ask what am I, I always responded “human.” I didn’t identify as “Pilipino” or even as a “person of color.” Such terms struck me as separatist and seemed to deny any sense of individuality. Asian American and Pacific Islander campus activists would become infuriated with me and then dismiss me as a “banana” — “yellow” on the outside and “white” on the inside. Until, one day, I found myself swept into the struggles for ethnic studies.
Read it in full.