If any of you haven't heard about the student op ed article published in the University of Colorado-Boulder's student newspaper THE CAMPUS PRESS (and on the paper's website--link provided below), I am posting this to ask you to please support the APIA students at the University of Colorado-Boulder in whatever way they need--spread the word, sign the petition, email the asshole who wrote this article--whatever it takes to let the whole fucking world know that we won't accept this. And that if there's anything Asians know about, it's how to wage a war.
I entreat this of you because this article represents more to me than just what it seems on the surface as being a really insensitive, derogatory, and insulting piece. To me, it represents the mentality and perspective that many non-Asians have of us as a people. Why would this get published in the first place? Why would they think they could get away with it? The author tells you himself that "white people are quick to ridicule Asians. They have no problem with making demeaning remarks about their looks,mannerisms, and accents-things they would never say about black people"--why the fuck is that? Why do they think they can get away with shit towards us that they wouldn't try with black people? It's because they don't think we'll fight back. They push that Model Minority shit--his whole article is filled with Model Minority bullshit--that we are all privileged with our math genius, geekiness, and rice rockets that they can fuck with us b/c we are not "authentic" minorities--that we are not oppressed and, therefore, have nothing to complain about. These lies make my head spin and they need to be corrected. His flippant remark about war is all the more insulting because so many of us come from war--we, our parents, our grandparents, our great grandparents--have lost so much and have been so traumatized by war that motherfucking Westerners have waged in our lands that our family can barely speak to us about it. We have known struggle and it's time these ignorant assholes are emphatically told to back the fuck up.
But that's not what's got me so pissed off. I'm going to say the unpopular thing and some people are going to get mad at me, but it needs to be said: too many Asians believe the very same thing. When I read this, I was angry at this bitch-ass punk for writing it, yes, but I was equally pissed off at all the self-hating APIA's who have emailed me/us over the years telling me/us that we are a disgrace to Asian people all over the world. "We have it good," they say. "We have nothing to complain about. We're not suffering like black people and Latino people. Stop making us look bad," they say. Now we are confronted in this article with an example of what some white people REALLY think of us. You still want to take that honorary whitey stand? You can look this article in its face and still say, "We have nothing to complain about"?
Is this article enough to kick complacency in the ass? I hope so. I hope I get emails from students and other concerned folks at the University of Colorado-Boulder that they are getting support on a national and international level. I hope that we can put these racist assholes in their proper places. I hope we can mobilize. I hope it's enough to bring justice here, bring justice for Mike Cho, bring justice wherever Asian people need it. I hope it's enough to bring a revolution.
Peace and love and power always,
Contact info for folks at the U of Colorado-Boulder:
Message from Lisa Fu
some of you may have seen or heard about the article below that came out this week at University of Colorodo, Boulder. Lawyers at CU have said that the article does NOT constitute hate speech. campus staff and students are organizing against this. They are in the process of writing a letter, petition and demands and so if you have any insight or suggestions, please forward to either me or leslie wong (info below). i know all of you student activists, lawyers, organizers have great ideas and experience so please share - anything will help!!
APA Student Services
Univ of CO, Boulder
303-492-0444If it's a war the Asians want . . . It's a war they'll get
Since I transferred to CU last year, I've noticed some tension between the white students and the Asian students. There's never any outright conflict, but I notice little things. Like, Asians always seem surprised whenever I talk to them. They stare at me for a few seconds as though I must have made some mistake, and once they realize I'm intentionally speaking to them, they aren't always thrilled.
On the other hand, white people are quick to ridicule Asians. They have no problem with making demeaning remarks about their looks, mannerisms, and accents-things they would never say about black people.
So when an Asian refuses to make eye contact with me or dismisses me with a one-word sentence, I just say to myself, "Max, Asians are not evil cyborgs. They're human, just like you. And if you were a minority student in a sea of walnut-brained business majors and skiers, you'd be crabby, too."
But last week, I had an epiphany.
After my friend and I finished working our abs at the Rec Center, we decided to head upstairs to tighten our buns on the StairMaster. As we walked down the hallway, a rubber ball bounced out of one of the racquetball courts and landed at the feet of an Asian in front of us. He picked up the ball and leaned over the railing of the court nearest to him.
"Hey, that's not ours," I heard a guy call up from the court. The Asian stared down at him for a moment, and then held the ball out to him. "That's not ours," the guy said again.
Then another voice called out from a different court, "Hey, does anyone see a ball up there?"
The Asian looked over, confused.
"I think it goes to that court," I said, pointing to the one nearest to me.
The Asian stared at me blankly for another second, and then he looked back down into the court next to him and offered them the ball again.
"That's not our ball," the guy called up.
"Excuse me," I said. The Asian whipped his head around and scowled at me. "I think it goes to that court."
He paused a few seconds, and then he said, in a perfect American accent, "Okay," and tossed the ball into the court next to me.
That's when it hit me. The Asian was so jaded by his experiences with the whitebread, brainless tree sloths of CU that even though three people had explained to him that he was trying to return the ball to the wrong court, it was inconceivable to him that we might be right.
And when he looked into my eyes, it wasn't just irritation and disgust that I saw-it was hate. Pure hate.
I'm such a fool for not realizing it sooner. I can't tell you how many times the Asians have treated me like a retarded weasel and I've forgiven them. But now I know that Asians are not just "a product of their environment," and their rudeness is not a "cultural misunderstanding."
They hate us all.
And I say it's time we started hating them back. That's right-no more "tolerance." No more "cultural sensitivity." No more "Mr. Pretend-I'm- Not-Racist."
It's time for war.
But we won't attack their bodies or minds. We will attack their souls.
The first step, or "Phase 1," is to find them all. Anyone who is interested in signing up to volunteer can do so by e-mailing me. Next Sunday at noon, we will all meet at Farrand Field. Each volunteer will be issued an extra-large butterfly net.
The hunt will then begin.
When I blow my whistle, we will scatter in every direction and catch as many Asians as possible. Make sure to pay special attention to the Rec Center, the UMC, the math and engineering buildings and Lollicup. If you're not sure if someone is an Asian, give them a calculus problem to do in their head. If they get it right, net 'em.
Captured Asians will be dragged to my apartment on the Hill and hog- tied. Once they're all secured in my living room, "Phase 2" will come into effect.
The Asians' reformation will begin with a 100-round beer pong tournament. They will listen to "It's a Small World" on repeat while they play.
When the tournament is finished, the Asians will then be forced to eat bad sushi from Hapa-with forks. When all the sushi is gone, they will be permitted to sleep for four hours, but the entire time I will shout through a megaphone, over and over, "Why didn't you make enough Wiis?!"
In the morning, the Asians will arrange themselves in rows, if they haven't naturally done so already. I will stand in front of them and hold up a card with the name of an emotion on it such as, "sad," or "surprised." The Asians must then make a facial expression to match the word on the card. Any Asian who remains deadpan or makes the wrong face will be tickled until they pee. When all Asians make the correct face at the same time, the game will end, but then they will be yelled at for being conformists.
The Asians will then be allowed to play "Dance Dance Revolution." However, the game will be rigged so that the Asians will receive no points, regardless of how robotically they dance.
Any Asian who tries to escape will be butterfly-netted and sent back to my apartment for another "Phase 2." Anyone caught speaking any language other than English will be kissed on the lips.
Once the Asian spirit has been broken, "Phase 3" will begin. Before we let the Asians go, we will go to their homes and redecorate them in a traditional American style. We will replace their rice cookers with George Foreman Grills, their green tea mochi with fried Snickers bars, and their rice rockets with Hummers. And booster seats.
When "Phase 3" is complete, the Asians will be released.
Now, I understand that this plan may upset some of you Asian readers, but the only other way to make peace would be to expel you. If you're smart, you'll turn yourselves in now, and it will all be over in a few days.
Besides, look on the bright side-we're not going to put you through nything we haven't put ourselves through, and we all turned out fine.
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