The idea of the “Asian American” was born in the '60s with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and her Third Worldist comrades. Now she stands as a sobering reminder of what a movement like Occupy risks becoming as time wears on.
When Occupy Cal students marched through the
city of Berkeley, many API students could be seen holding signs that
read, “Asian American and Proud,” and calling for funds for Ethnic Studies and
the language departments.
Jane Sandoval can’t speak a lick of Tagalog — her parents made sure of that. “There’s no excuse for you to not speak well. You were born here,” her father used to tell his children, often punctuating this...
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