I know it’s a holiday, but don’t miss out on the great writers up now at Amy’s blog. David Yoo and Vincent Schilling share their experiences dealing with racism in their lives and their writing; Writers Against Racism won’t last forever, so enjoy it while it lasts!
…many malicious stereotypes, the ones that infuriated me the most growing up were, if you think about it, kinda cool. People assumed that I was a genius? And a hard worker? These days I’d love for people to mistakenly think that of me, but back when I was a teenager I got so angry about these decidedly positive stereotypes; they still limited peoples’ perception of me, which made me feel like I was less than others, or not quite human-even. I know that sounds melodramatic but that’s precisely how I felt, and to dispel these assumptions I made a conscious effort throughout high school to not study, to not excel at anything. I took a weird pride in molding myself into what was presumed to be a rarity: the underachieving Asian American teenager.