Week 6 Discussion Board
Your textbook defines “pan-ethnicity” as:
The Development of solidarity between ethnic subgroups.
After reading about the experiences of different subgroups of Asian Americans in your textbook, completing your project on the Model Minority and completing readings for both the opening discussion and the three readings below, please discuss the pro’s and con’s of a panethnic identity in the Asian American community. How does it both benefit and potentially hurt or even silence some Asian American subgroups?
The term ‘Asian American’ was meant to create a collective identity. What does that mean in 2018? (Links to an external site.)
The Exclusion Of South Asians From A Broader Asian Identity Has To End (Links to an external site.)
Are Asian Americans White? Or People of Color? (Links to an external site.)
Please be sure to post your initial post and a response to at least one peer. As usual, please be respectful and academic in your responses.
Classmate Alysse Posted
Being the most populated continent in the world, Asia holds over 4 billion people and 48 separate countries. These countries are distinct in their culture, language, dress and religions. Despite these drastic differences, when coming to America many immigrants choose to adopt the term Asian American. This is an example of panethnic identity, or choosing to come in solidarity with similar ethnic groups (Schaefer, 2021). A common issue that many Asian Americans face in this country is determining where they fit in. Asian Americans tend to explain that the United States only cares about race as a “triracial” issue, White, Black and Hispanic. This causes many Asian Americans to feel unincluded and confused. When speaking about their ethnicity, people who choose Asian American claim that it is more accepted and empowering than choosing a more specific country or location (Javed, 2020). People from Asia have elected to come together in politics and social issues for the betterment as a whole, and because many ethnicities tend to face similar microaggressions and discrimination. The issue, however, is just how different many of these countries are. For example, if you look at Japanese Americans exclusively, they are the most successful and tend to have lower poverty rates than many other ethnicities (Schaefer, 2021). Other countries, such as some Southeast Asian countries, tend to be laborers and experience much more poverty and submission (Schaefer, 2021). Many Americans see the successes of certain subgroups in the Asian American community and it causes the “model minority”. Basically, the successes of some Asian Americans are put at the forefront and causes others to believe that they do not face discrimination, racism, or tough social issues because of this. It causes many Asian Americans to feel misrepresented and forgotten. According to research, some Asian Americans experience racism at the same rate as many African Americans (Bhangal & Poon, 2020). This is an important statistic to recognize, and although identifying as panethnic may pose as resourceful when it comes to politics, it can also pull the curtain over many individual ethnicity’s issues.
Bhangal, N., & Poon, O. Y. (2020, January 15). Analysis: Are Asian Americans White? Or people of color? YES! Magazine. https://www.yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2020/01/15/asian-americans-people-of-color (Links to an external site.).
Javed, F. (2020, June 28). The exclusion of south asians from a broader asian identity has to end. Study Breaks. https://studybreaks.com/thoughts/south-asians-need-representation-within-the-asian-community/ (Links to an external site.).
Schaefer, R. T. (2021). Racial and Ethnic Groups. Pearson.
Week 6 Discussion Board