When DeclarASIAN was first born in 2017, I had founded it upon the assumption that Asians wanted to stick together against the larger problems, namely discrimination and stereotypes. Now, I worry that we are sometimes being divided by the smaller things. I want to remind everyone that Asians need to support Asians!
In the high stress of college application season, I can certainly sense the tension brewing among the Asian community. For many immigrant parents, it's their dream for their children to succeed academically. For the children of these immigrants, it's the constant stereotype that Asians must excel in all they do (or else they are not "Asian enough") that butts them against each other. Disdainful words have been spoken behind peoples' backs as competition reaches an all-time high.
Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting to prosper and succeed. That's the American Dream that so many Asian immigrants want for their children. And of course, I am fully aware that there are only so many fancy jobs or spots at fancy institutions. There's nothing wrong with working hard for the things you want-- especially because that's what Asians do! We are hardworking and industrious people! But when kids are being overworked and pitted against each other, that's when problems arise.
I implore you to look at the larger picture. A successful Asian is one who represents our community well! We should be happy for each others' achievements. I think, in the midst of all this stress, we may have forgotten that. But when it comes down to it, we are one, and we need to support each other for it.
Author: Claire Cao
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