Asian Americans Show Solidarity, Support for Ferguson

Image: Woman Protesting Ferguson

“Although the experience of Asian Americans is different in many ways from that of blacks, Asian Americans have suffered from racial profiling by law enforcement officers in the past and continue to do so today,” said Associate Professor Nancy Leong from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, noting that this is particularly true for many South and Southeast Asian “subgroups” who may be socioeconomically disadvantaged.

MSNBC Panelist: ‘Foundation of This Country Is Racism’

I think this website disagrees with this truth.
SMITH:  Well, we have this conversation over and over again. The problem is, one, people come to the conversation with a sort of amnesia and forget that we had it before, also the parameters of the conversation are so narrowly defined as to define racism as a personal hatred towards black people. And we’re not then dealing with the systematic ideas that uphold racism and white supremacy in this country and then lead to a death of Trayvon Martin or a Michael Brown or a Renisha McBride or Rekia Boyd. Or on and on and on. What we haven’t dealt — what we refuse to deal with it is the idea — the fact — that our, the foundation of this country is racism and white supremacy and all of our institutions uphold that.

Why Ferguson matters to Asian Americans


There is a word in Korean culture, han. It is hard to define, yet it deeply shapes Korean consciousness. To quote Elaine H. Kim, it loosely means “the sorrow and anger that grow from the accumulated experiences of oppression… When people die of han, it is called dying of hwabyong, a disease of frustration and rage.”

Coming from a people who were controlled, occupied, and threatened with erasure by outside forces over centuries, and brutalized as silage in a war between the United States and the Soviet Union, han was not something that I consciously embraced. It is in my blood. Han is Korean rage. It was expressed in protests against Japanese colonial rule in 1919, in the struggle for self-determination as the Korean war broke out in 1950, during student protests against the oppressive U.S.-backed South Korean government in 1960, and again during the democratic uprising in Kwangju in 1980.