• Yiran Yu (Pardee’23)

    Yiran Yu (Pardee’23) can be reached at yiranyu@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 2 comments on POV: BU Student on Anti-Asian Discrimination: “It’s Just Dehumanizing”

  1. Yiran, thank you for writing an article about anti-Asian discrimination. Since the pandemic, I have seen more anti-Asian activities. I read another article about the song “Meet the Flockers” several days ago. The lyrics say “First, you find a house and scope it out; Find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts”. YouTube only made it unavailable in the United States instead of completely moving it out, which made me so angry. Many people could still listen to the song and put the wrong labels on Asians. Some people might even follow the lyrics and trespass, which put Asian families in danger.

    As an international student who has been in the United States for seven years, I start to question whether it is still a good idea to stay in the US. I am safe now because I am at school, but I don’t know whether I will be safe after getting into society. When there is no university police department protecting me, will I still be safe? Urgent government policies and laws are required to protect Asians and change something from the root.

  2. Yiran, thank you for using your voice to speak out against this issue on the BU Today platform. There were many points that have resonated with me throughout your article.
    First off, as someone who has immigrant parents from Korea, your mother’s concern for the safety of herself and your family was unfortunately very relatable. My mom texted me the morning after the Atlanta shooting telling me to stay safe, and my friends back home told me that they have purchased pepper spray and told me to do the same.
    Second, although this was slightly mentioned, I think the concept of Asians being a “model minority” has a big impact on xenophobia and anti-Asian racism. The model minority (which is a myth) completely disregards the intersectionality of income, age and gender etc., which is in desperate need of discussion. By painting over an entire community’s experience as being “successful” financially and academically, it fails to recognize the struggles and realities for a huge part of the community. Also, the constant perception of Asians being perpetual foreigners is another factor for the xenophobic actions and comments.
    Although these events have been traumatizing for the community and for myself, I hope that the country and countries around the world can finally have this necessary discussion and start the change that is so desperately needed.

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