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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, commonly referred to as Virginia Tech, was recently called out for a flyer released by the Cranwell International Center (CIC) that depicts its Filipino American students as international students.
Virginia Tech junior student, Rajni Kapania, shared a photo of the flyer featuring several Filipino American students of the university. “VT stays disrespecting minorities when literally NONE of these students are international… when is this gonna end,” the student wrote in her Twitter post last week.
Kapania found this incident offensive. While speaking to Richmond Times-Dispatch on Nov. 8, she said that she wanted to raise awareness after she received a text about the flyer. “These are just my friends,” she told the publication. “I’m standing up for them.” “(The students in the photo) feel like this is another thing that’s making them feel like an outsider,” said Aubrey Medina, a junior majoring in multimedia journalism and international studies and a member of the Filipino American Student Association (FASA), Collegiate Times reported. “Like even if they were born and raised in the U.S., they’re still being profiled as an international student just because of the way they look. And that’s where … most of the issue came from.” Executive Director of Communication and IT for Tech’s Division of Student Affairs, Hunter Gresham, issued an apology on Thursday morning. “I am now aware of the impact, hurt and discomfort that I’ve caused to members of the [Asian/Pacific Islander] community,” Gresham wrote in the statement. “As such, it is with heartfelt sincerity that I say I am truly sorry. I clearly operated from a place of insensitivity, privilege, and haste … despite training, awareness and a personal commitment to be different and do better.” She also realized that her “apology does not quickly nor simply erase the hurt and harm” that she has “caused” and adding that this incident is just one microaggression among many that underrepresented students face daily as reported in the Collegiate Times article.
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An intoxicated Irish woman, who claims to be an international human rights lawyer, was arrested for a long, drunken tirade which involved spitting on an Air India staff member mid-flight after the crew denied her more wine.
The incident happened during a flight from Mumbai, India to London, United Kingdom on Saturday, according to NDTV.
In the widely circulated clip, the blonde-haired woman, whose name was not revealed, can be heard swearing and yelling at the Air India crew after they refused to give her more wine. “You are the captain, aren’t you? You treat business class passengers like this? I work for all you f**king people… The f***ing Rohingyas, the f***ing people of all Asia, for you, an international criminal lawyer,” the 50-year-old woman can be heard saying in the video. “Don’t get any money for it by the way. But you won’t give me a glass of wine, is that correct?” she screams and claps. “If I say boycott Air India, done!” As the tirade continued, her rising aggravation led to a man in the background to warn her by saying, “Calm down, no touching.” After she was finished targeting the crew with her rant, the woman redirected her attention to all the business class passengers on the plane.
The London Metropolitan Police, meanwhile, confirmed that the woman was taken into custody upon landing at Heathrow Airport, Daily Mail reported. “At approximately 1.30pm on Saturday, 10 November, a 50-year-old woman was arrested after an Air India flight had landed at Heathrow Airport,” a spokesperson told the publication. “She was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order, common assault and drunk and disorderly and taken to a west London police station.” “She was subsequently released under investigation.”
760623 days ago
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Xia 15, Chinese
“I occasionally help out at a Chinese takeaway as a counter/phone assistant. It was a Saturday evening, a disheveled woman walked into the store. She had ordered some chips and asked for directions. We had her wait 5-8 minutes since we were obviously not a chip shop that only sells fried goods, this meant it would take longer. However this woman rudely asked for the time of her order, after we gave her the explanation that non-Chinese foods would take longer since chips need to be fried and cooled so it isn’t oily & seasoned. She even accused me of just taking her money and not giving the order to the chefs. After a good 8 minutes, she said she wanted to cancel the order and talk to the manager for bad service. She attempted to spit at me whilst slurring out ‘chink’ and ‘Chinese c**t’.” Amie 28, Filipino
“I have patients who refused care from me and my other coworkers because we’re Filipinos – poor and uneducated. One even threatened to leave the hospital because all he saw was Filipino nurses. It made me laugh because Filipino nurses are in EVERY hospital in California. So, good luck!” Amanda 28, Vietnamese
“I tried wearing makeup to work for the first time since I started. Just a little winged eyeliner, nothing big. I was told by my coworker as she smiled, that I looked ‘chinky’. No one in the room batted an eye.”
42912624 days ago
Emergency room doctor and diversity advocate Esther Choo retaliated against the National Rifle Association (NRA) for claiming that doctors have been publishing anti-gun articles without consulting anyone but themselves.
In a tweet last week, the pro-gun non-profit claimed that “half of the articles” published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine pushed for gun control, citing its own article that criticized a position paper from the American College of Physicians (ACP) reflecting “every anti-gunner’s public policy wish list, save for the outsized role given to doctors.” “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control,” the NRA wrote. “Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.” The tweet has stirred discussions since its posting, with over 21,000 comments and counting.
Dr. Choo, who is currently affiliated with the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), snapped back at the NRA’s statement, alongside other physicians who asserted that gun control is very much “in our lane.” “Because we will not be told – by this administration or anyone else – that our bodies, our voices, our agency simply do not matter.” — Esther Choo. Image via Twitter / Esther Choo MD MPH
“We are not self-important: we are important to the care of others. We are not anti-gun: we are anti-bullet holes in our patients. We consult with everyone but extremists. Most upsetting, actually, is death and disability from gun violence that is unparalleled in the world,” Dr. Choo responded.
In its article, the NRA argued that the ACP misuses “evidence,” pointing out that the medical organization “cites ‘studies’ that wouldn’t qualify as ‘evidence’ in any other debate” in its policy recommendations.
95402125 days ago
A Ukrainian singer is under fire for doing a “slant-eyed” gesture in an Instagram post that apparently encourages people to smile more.
Regina Todorenko, 28, posted the photos in late August, but English-speaking users only noticed them recently — and many are not smiling. “I recently read an article saying that the Slavs make the most serious selfies in the world, and indeed, they are smiling less in pictures than Americans or the Japanese,” Todorenko said on her Instagram post, written in Russian. “Later I found another fact saying that in countries where there are more migrants, the smile rate grew over the past 500 years. Perhaps there is always a smile on the face of a person who is welcomed in a new country.” Todorenko, who had also hosted a travel series called “Oryol i Reshka,” went on to describe her observations about smiles in the U.S. and Japan. “Having been in both America and Japan, I realized that I am wary of people who are deliberately smiling. It was a little frustrating for me at first because all positive emotions seemed to be fake. Having lived for a little while in such an environment, I realized that people just try to smooth out any unpleasant situation, be positive all the time, and to solve any task with a smile, although it is not easy. “Have you noticed that people in public transport hardly smile at all? Do you often smile at strangers?” The post has received over 200,000 likes, with users slamming it as racist and tagging Instagram with requests to take it down.
It would appear Todorenko still has yet to comment on the images.
12982176 days ago
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193781 week ago
President Donald Trump’s White House press conference on Wednesday after the 2018 midterm elections is rife with jaw-dropping moments including when he mocked a Japanese reporter.
During the bizarre press conference-turned-tirade, Trump hurled insults at opponents, mocked losing candidates, snapped at the reporters and complained about several questions which he refused to respond to.
His errant behavior is encapsulated in his condescending response to a Japanese reporter’s question.
The journalist was in the middle of asking Trump a question regarding the economy when the president cut him off, asking, “Where are you from, please?” The reporter, who was speaking in English but with an accent, responded with “Japan.” Trump then told him to “say hello to Shinzo,” pertaining to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. “I’m sure he’s happy about tariffs on his cars,” Trump quipped.
The reporter attempted to continue asking his question but the president again cut him off, saying, “I really don’t understand you.” Then Trump noted how Japan has treated the U.S. “very unfairly” in the auto trade industry
Trump also claimed to have not understood questions from two other reporters of color during the now infamous press conference.
One female reporter asked the president for his opinion of the Muslim women (Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota) who had won seats in Congress.
To this, Trump responded: “I don’t understand what you’re saying.” When a journalist from Lebanon asked Trump about Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Trump responded, “Who? I don’t understand him.” For the third time during this press conference, President Trump said he couldn’t understand a journalist speaking English with a foreign accent. This time it was a reporter from Lebanon.
Trump’s responses to foreign reporters sparked criticisms on social media, with some netizens calling it as a form of racism.
28041291 week ago
History was made yesterday during the U.S. 2018 midterms when Young Kim, former State Legislator, became the first Korean-American woman to join the U.S. House of Representatives as well as be the first Korean-American member to serve in Congress.
In a very close race in California’s 39th district with 51.4% of votes against her opponent, Kim defeated Democrat Gil Cisneros who holds 48.6%, according to Yonhap News.
The 56-year-old Republican, won narrowly by just 3.2%. The only other Korean-American to have served in Congress was Republican Jay Kim from 1993-1999.
A rarity for the Republican Party, Kim is an Asian American immigrant, according to the LA Times. Facing questions about the Trump agenda, Kim has openly spoken up that she does not endorse him. “I try to tell them I’m not running to be his spokesperson or represent Donald Trump in the White House,” Kim told the LA Times.
The residents of the 39th Congressional District which encompasses parts of Southern California, are primarily Asian and Latino. “My personal experience of being an immigrant, having gone through what this diverse immigrant community has gone through, struggling,” Kim said. “Those are real life experiences that really helped me understand … the district.” Kim immigrated to the U.S. territory of Guam in 1975, prior to moving to Hawaii and eventually to California, where she attended the University of Southern California.
The 2018 midterm elections proved to be history-making for women of color. Alongside Kim, Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland, will join Congress as the first Native American women members, as well as Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim women members, as reported by CNN.
It's also worth noting that she's against the Affordable Care Act, she opposed trans students from using their bathroom of choice, and she's a fiscally conservative Republican.
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82653381 week ago
Songs from Chinese rapper Kris Wu’s new album have been removed from U.S. iTunes Charts after allegations that his fans have been using bots to manipulate the ranking.
Wu, a former member of the popular Korean-Chinese boy band Exo, has just released his new album “Antares” last Friday, managing to edge out both Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga off the U.S. top spots upon launch.
Over the weekend, songs from the album took up six spots in the top seven songs in the iTunes’ US chart, eclipsing Grande’s new single “Thank U, Next,” which debuted in the fourth spot a day later.
Grande’s track managed to move up to the second spot behind Wu’s “November Rain” by Monday.
Controversy erupted on Twitter after some Western fans, who might not be familiar with Wu’s career, accused the singer’s camp of using bots to push his tracks higher on the charts.
Wu, who boasts 45 million followers on Weibo, has a huge following in Asia where he is recognized as a pop-rap phenomenon.
A post supposedly from Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, also accused Wu and his management of using bots to manipulate the iTunes sales charts. Braun would later claim the tweet sent under his name was not real.
While both of the tweets have since been deleted, screenshots of posts have already been circulated on social media, according to the South China Morning Post.
Some have pointed the blame to Wu’s fan clubs who have been found on Weibo rallying fan members to purchase songs multiple times to help boost the album’s rank.
However, as one fan pointed out, the sales should still count as valid as it is normal for some fans to sometimes make multiple purchases to support their idol. “The sales results could be very authentic. It is normal for Kris’ fans to make purchases several times per person to support their idol. They can afford it,” a fan surnamed Hu told the Global Times.
Some Wu fans found the accusation to be ridiculous and unfounded as no evidence have been forwarded so far.
26683051 week ago
According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. Asian Population grew 72% from 2000 to 2015, making us the fastest growing minority ethnic group in America. By 2055 Asian Americans are projected to become the largest immigrant group in the country. We’ve become a key demographic in political elections, meaning our vote matters more than ever and both Republicans and Democrats have picked up on this fact.
Most recently, Asian Americans have decided to take on the Affirmative Action debate with a lawsuit against Harvard University, accusing them of unfairly discriminating against Asian students during the admissions process. And even within the Asian American communities, it appears we just can’t come to an agreement whether this is a positive or negative way to make our mark in history.
The grievances of both sides to this argument are understandable, but this discussion is far from groundbreaking. In fact it has come up during nearly every election period within the past several decades with an L.A. Times article dating all the way back to 1996. To fully understand the issue clouding Affirmative Action, it’s important to first understand the nature of the wedge theory and the model minority myth.
The wedge theory is the idea that Asian Americans are used as political pawns to drive a wedge between Asian communities and other people of color while maintaining white dominance in politics. When Asian Americans are portrayed as the “good” minorities, it becomes easy to victim blame Black and Hispanic Americans for their struggles whilst simultaneously silencing Asians by praising them for being self-reliant and advancing the social ladder without protesting.
The model minority myth attributes the Asian American success story with hard work without government support and complaints — a subtle way to show disapproval towards the civil rights protests still occurring today.
33917241 week ago
A Chinese man believed to be living in Kenya received the slap of his life from a local he allegedly offended.
In a short video, the Kenyan man is seen dragging the Chinese national out of what people believe is his store.
The Chinese man struggled as the Kenyan man grabbed him by the shirt to the upper landing plate of an escalator.
Then, to the Chinese man’s horror, the Kenyan man, twice his size, smacked his face nearly effortlessly.
Onlookers intervened after the epic blow, which presumably left the Chinese man in shock.
According to Legit.ng, the Chinese man called the Kenyan man “nugu,” which means “monkey” or “baboon” in Kikuyu.
The video, initially shared by @instablog9ja, has received at least 328,000 views on Instagram.
Users praised the Kenyan man for teaching the foreigner a valuable lesson. “That slap is fire.” “Don’t let bad behavior pass. Good slap.” “That slap forever resetting the ears of idiots…” “LMFAO I had to check my cheek.” “This is the best anti-racist video I’ve seen in my life.” This is not the first time a Chinese national in Kenya referred to locals as “monkeys.” In September, Liu Jiaqi made headlines when a video of himself insulting Kenyans surfaced online. He was deported following a public outcry. “All the Kenyans [are] like a monkey, even Uhuru Kenyatta,” Liu said in the video from June. “[Kenya] smells bad and [its people are] poor, foolish and black.”
15913601 week ago
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Growing up as young Asian Americans comes with its fair share of challenges. However, what we often forget is the difficult struggles that our parents faced as well. We asked the children of Asian immigrants living in the U.S., U.K., and Canada about the struggles and discrimination their parents had faced but never talked about.
“My mom used to work as a deli waitress in Las Vegas when she first got here in 1983. She used to have white male customers/employees harass her all the time. But these weren’t just words; they would stroke her ponytail, crowd her against walls, pull her into booths to sit, or offer money to sleep with her. Because she was an Asian woman who didn’t speak English, they thought she was a doll to be toyed with.” Lauren, 14
“So on my mom’s body, there would be scars. My mom moved over to America around 25 years ago. Once she came over to the U.S. she found a white boyfriend. She thought that she would be with him until the end but he ended up abusing her because of her race. Around that time she also had people calling her ‘chink,’ ‘non-English speaker’ and ‘English ruiner’ because she’s Asian. After she gave birth to me, she would shower with me because I was still young. I still remember her scar down her back because of her boyfriend.” Kelly, 17
“My parents both came down from Vietnam (my dad came on his own and my mom was sponsored). For my dad, it was hard for him to land jobs because of his lack of fluency in English. He would always ask me how to spell and pronounce certain words for his job interviews. It also got to the point where he would go by a made up English name because he wasn’t comfortable using his Vietnamese name.”
1875331 week ago
A Republican candidate for state representative in Oregon received a shockingly racist hand-written note on one of his campaign letters in the lead-up to election day, according to KATU.
Justin Hwang, a Korean-American small business owner, had reportedly been sending out campaign letters to houses with “no soliciting” signs on them when he had one of them mailed back to him on the morning of Nov 2, 2018.
Scrawled on the bottom of the letter were the words, “You will never get my vote Chink. Go to your country and run for office.” Speaking to KATU, Hwang said, “I’m a Korean immigrant. My English is not perfect. I understand. It is not right, people calling each other with all these racial slurs.” A political newcomer who owns 22 teriyaki restaurants, Hwang is the only Asian American candidate in Oregon, a state that has traditionally leaned blue. “I’m not mad at the person,” Hwang said. “Hopefully I can just meet the person who sent me the letter and hopefully I can change their mind. We’re from many different places, but I want to let him know that we are all one.” Although he claims that this is the first time he has encountered the racial slur since high school or middle school, it is not the first time he has experienced race-related adversity on the campaign trail.
In a mailer sent out in October by Democratic incumbent Chris Gorsek, who is running against Hwang, Gorsek is described as being more understanding of Oregon’s priorities “because he is one of us.” Hwang, who accused the phrase of containing coded racist undertones, said he was “saddened” by the mailer. “As a Korean-American who legally immigrated to this country nearly 25 years ago, I have heard the phrase ‘one of us’ used many times,” he said to Williamette Week. “I know what it means.” As an immigrant whose father worked three jobs to support his family growing up, Hwang is looking to leverage his experience living the American dream in order to give back to the community and act as a role model for immigrants.
624261 week ago
A woman who spewed racist remarks at an Asian waiter who “couldn’t speak English” is beginning to get on people’s nerves after a video went viral on Twitter.
The incident occurred at an unidentified Gran Ranchero outlet a few days after Halloween.
A journalism student named Jaida filmed the scene and shared it later that night on Twitter.
According to Jaida, her father first heard the group of women mocking their water because he “couldn’t speak English” and sounded like foreign Asians.
Jaida’s father, a Black man, was offended because he is married to a Japanese woman — making Jaida just as furious about it. “So me and my dad decided to record her and as you can see, she didn’t care that she was being recorded being blatantly racist,” Jaida tweeted.
In the video, one of the women are seen doing a mock Asian accent while looking at the camera.
At one point, Jaida overheard the woman’s friends worrying about being recorded, with one saying, “Think about what they could do with that video.” The situation escalated when one of the womens’ father, according to Jaida, confronted her and her father before getting righteously served when they revealed why they were upset. “I told him I cared cause I’m half Asian and he pointed the camera at my dad and my dad said ‘My wife is Japanese,’” Jaida wrote. “He was clearly stumped and one of his friends/another one of the girls’ dads came over to take him back to the table he came from.” A family sitting next to Jaida and her father then offered help.
Jaida concluded her thread with a call for anyone who knew the woman to “put her in check.” She also shared an “extended cut” of the woman mocking the waiter right after speaking to him. “If you know her, put her in check or don’t be friends with her at all. Cause she clearly doesn’t care if she’s offending people,” Jaida wrote. “It’s mfing 2018, and she’s ok with blatant racism? Nah. That’s not gonna fly anymore. DON’T let that fly anymore.” Jaida’s thread has received hundreds of likes and retweets since its posting.
31651311 week ago
An old male attendant at a beauty supply store in New York was assaulted by three women after he caught them stealing $87 worth of wigs.
The incident, which happened over a week ago at My Hair and Beauty at 168-24 Jamaica Ave. in Queens, NY, was captured on surveillance video.
According to the police, the 57-year-old sales attendant reportedly caught the women from walking off with the unpaid merchandise and tried to stop them at around 2:50 p.m. on October 23.
Security footage obtained from the store shows the women beating and knocking the employee down to the ground before escaping with their stolen wigs.
While the unnamed victim sustained some bruises, he was not seriously injured and reportedly refused medical attention.
On Monday, the NYPD released some images and description of the suspects in a bid to catch them faster.
Individual #1: female black, 25-years-old, medium build, dark complexion and short brown hair. She was last seen wearing a du-rag, black jacket with colored patches on the front, blue jeans and black work boots.
Individual #2: adult, female black, dark complexion with a short black hair. She was last seen wearing a red jacket and black pants. Individual #3: adult, female black, dark complexion. She was last seen wearing a dark grey jacket, red hoodie, black hat and black jeans.
Individual #3: adult, female black, dark complexion. She was last seen wearing a dark grey jacket, red hoodie, black hat and black jeans.
Those with relevant information related to this incident are encouraged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. Calls/texts are strictly confidential.
7932151 week ago
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A female Airbnb host was subjected to days of stalking and harassment by a guest she allegedly kicked out for tampering through her belongings and stealing cash.
Alavia Khawaja, who began renting out a spare bedroom in her apartment, shared her nightmare ordeal on Twitter.
In a long thread, Khawaja detailed how the guest, identified as Leonard Jackson, behaved normally initially but became a serious threat to her safety. “I come home to this man cleaning up my apartment,” Khawaja wrote on Saturday. “He picked the lock on my bedroom, threw away every photo I had of male friends, and went thru my closet.” In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Khawaja revealed that she was not initially worried since Jackson had a positive review on his profile. She noted, however, that she found it a bit off that he wanted to make sure no other men were staying in the home. “He said, ‘I just can’t stay with guys is all,’” Khawaja was quoted as saying.
On Oct. 11, Jackson arrived at the apartment in Richardson, Texas that Khawaja shared with her sister located.
Khawaja only realized Jackson’s ill-motives after her friend ran into Jackson leaving her room, which was supposed to be locked. Khawaja’s closet was ransacked and photos of male friends were thrown in the trash. “I confronted him and he denied everything,” Khawaja tweeted. “I kicked him out and he had the audacity to tell me to refund him. I found out an hour later that he stole cash (around $500) and immediately contacted Airbnb.” After reporting the incident to the Richardson Police Department, Khawaja also contacted Airbnb, which told her to fill out a conflict resolution form. “Then he started texting me. I ignored him. So he went on to message me on Airbnb,” she narrated, adding a screenshot of a message in which he asked her to come and stay with him. “I called the police again and the detective updated me that he found that the man had been recently arrested for harming a child, but again, they couldn’t do anything unless he admitted to stealing from me. I called Airbnb again but nothing came from it.”
24241512 weeks ago
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has come under fire for his plan to sign an executive order that aims to officially end birthright citizenship in America. One of the voices who expressed dissatisfaction with this plan is Indian-American Hollywood actress Mindy Kaling.
Kaling, born from Indian immigrant parents who received green cards to live in the US, asked questions on her Twitter post on Tuesday, Oct. 31, on what will happen to her citizenship once this executive order gets signed. “Wait. I was born in the United States to two Indian professionals who later became proud citizens of this country,” the 39-year-old actress and comedian wrote. “So… now I would be a citizen of India? My contributions to this country would be as a foreigner with no rights?” Her father, Avu Chokalingam, was an architect, and her late mother, Swati Chokalingam, was an OB-GYN, Huffington Post reported.
The controversial plan was revealed during an interview of Trump with HBO show “Axios,” and the full interview is scheduled to air on November 4, according to AsAm News.
Birthright citizenship is reportedly protected under the 14th amendment that was signed in 1868, which guarantees citizenship to everyone born in the United States to parents who are citizens of another country. “You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order,” Trump said in the short interview teaser. “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits.” The Asian American Advancing Justice, after hearing Trump’s announcement, quickly denounced the president. “Birthright citizenship has been in our constitution since 1868, and it’s all thanks for Chinese American Wong Kim Ark. Any threats to the Fourteenth Amendment violate our constitution,” the group said in its statement.
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829392 weeks ago
A recent study found that racial and ethnic discrimination has far-reaching negative effects on minority adolescent development, with Asian Americans and Latino Americans suffering the most in regards to socio-emotional well-being.
Led by Dr. Aprile D. Benner, associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, the landmark paper looked at the results of over 214 studies to determine the extent to which perceived discrimination impacted adolescent well-being in three domains: socio-emotional, academic and behavioral.
Overall, correlations between perceived racism and poor well-being were consistently found.
Those who experienced more discrimination were at greater risk for more depressive symptoms, poorer self-esteem, lower academic achievement, higher likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behaviors and drug use and associating with deviant peers.
Further analyses broke the results down by race to gain additional insights.
Surprisingly, African Americans were the least affected by racial discrimination across the three domains.
To explain this finding, the paper offers that due to a more heavily entrenched history of oppression in America, African American parents, and the community at large, engage in greater socialization efforts to prepare their children for racism compared to Asian and Latino families.
This rings true, at least anecdotally, for many Asian and Latino Americans, whose first-generation immigrant parents arrived in the country with hopeful hearts and the promises of the American dream firmly ingrained; in these households, racism tends to be an uncommon topic.
Perhaps for this reason, alongside the “perpetual foreigner” stereotype applied to Asians and Latinos, it was found that Asians were more heavily impacted by racism in the domain of socio-emotional well-being (i.e. depression, self-esteem, etc.) than African Americans, while Latinos’ experiences of racism affected both socio-emotional well-being and academic performance more than African Americans.
This is in line with previous research which found that Asian Americans exhibit higher levels of depressive symptoms and lower self-esteem, according to Benner.