The alternative to this is just as simple: listen to us.
We’re fortunate to live in an age where Viet Thanh Nguyen wins the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 and where our literary scene can include stories that revise or even challenge the “immigrant narrative” that for years had dominated the conversation.
The reality is the model minority myth of Asian Americans is prevalent beyond whiteness – black and brown people harbor it too.
Why is it so hard to believe that two people may fall in love, mutually respect each other, and be attracted to each other no matter their race?
“Italian kids would run in and shout, “Chink,” break up the whole store and run out. My parents worked 14-hour shifts. My mom would sit there crying, “It’s just too hard out here.”‘