What does it mean to be Asian American?

Friday, June 05, 2009

Wanted to post up this snippet and link to Jeff Yang's Asian Asian Pop column and the latest entry "What does it mean to be Asian American":

In those early days, being "Asian American" was an act of passion, a statement of purpose. The lack of history and definition around the term were a source of freedom, not concern, offering a chance to build a brand new way to be American, in a brand new America [...]

Four decades later, however, it's worth considering how far the idea of Asian America has come, and how far it can go. Does Asian American identity still have meaning? Have prevailing attitudes towards race evolved to a point where the term "Asian American" limits us rather than lifting us up? Has the moment passed?
Read it out in full here.