When people in marginalized communities try to prove our "worth" to white supremacists, it's a time-consuming distraction from the real work ahead of us. By Kiran Misra With a South Asian American at the top of the Democratic Party ticket this election
Awkwafina's Golden Globe is framed as a triumph for Asian Americans, but she exploited Black culture to reach this milestone. By Harley Wong On the night of January 5, 2020, Awkwafina, born Nora Lum, became the first actress of Asian descent
If Big Mouth is serious about shamelessly tackling these uncomfortable topics, they need to do better—for both the queer and the BIPOC community. By Shin Hye Koo One of the reasons I got into "Big Mouth" was its honesty and its refreshing
Andrew Yang's reliance on the model minority myth and popularity amongst the alt-right and other white supremacists is more than concerning. TW/CW: mentions of suicide By Sangeetha Thanapal Andrew Yang is one of the Democratic Party’s brightest new stars. As an Asian American
When Asian women are objectified and dehumanized, this reinforces the idea that Asian women lack agency.By Linh Cao Worldbuilding is tricky. Creators have to spend hours researching before they can even begin writing. And once they start writing, they might run into a obstacle that can only be addressed via more research. After the story is written—what then? The real world isn’t stagnant. The readers grow as people. One would assume the author does so as well. But once stories are written, they’re done. It’s been told and you can’t take it back once it’s out there in the world, rattling around in the global conscious. And any attempt to make changes to it will often be met with scrutiny. When it was announced that Claudia Kim was cast as Nagini—Voldemort’s snake in human form—in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, people of color worldwide understood right away what the implications would be. Some supported the casting, on the tail of “Crazy Rich Asians” and the Asian American representation movement, saying that “all representation is good representation.” But what if that representation meant she would be a cursed, possessed object for wizard Hitler? Up until this creation (and I truly do believe JKR decided this recently), Nagini was the pet snake and a horcrux to Voldemort. Neville Longbottom ultimately beheads her, which is seen as a satisfying victory for those who oppose the Dark Lord. Some supporters of the casting think we’re angry and disappointed because a woman of color is cast a villain. No. We’re angry and disappointed for two reasons.
- No care was taken to understand the ramifications of casting a woman of color as a white man’s pet.
- The lack of research and thought put into Nagini’s character and her curse.