Musician/activist Chris Iijima writes that the term “Asian American” was created in 1968 as a means to get Asian Americans involved with the progressive movement and help them empathize with other marginalized people groups. Since then, the definition of Asian American identity has become blurry and fragmented.

In 2021, we’re boba liberals, hanbok-wearing-congresswomen, kawaii TikTokkers, Trumpies, COVID scapegoats, and newly-attractive A-List Stars. We’re inclusive, we’re pan-Asian, but with an asterisk: the East Asian American experience still reigns supreme. In 2021, Subtle Asian Traits skyrockets to 1.9 million members, while Chinatowns crumble under the double-fists of gentrification and the pandemic. Our…

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