Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here are some stories you might have missed this week… but you might find interesting.
Did you know that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Chloe Bennet was once Chloe Wang? Read her interview with the Chicago Reader…
The casting directors would tell me, ‘Look, you’re not white enough to be a lead character, but you’re not Asian enough to have a best-friend role,” says the 23-year old Chicago native, whose father is Chinese and mother is Caucasian. “At that time I was thinking, ‘You’re right.’ But in hindsight, it’s crazy to see how racist that was.
In the New York Times Unpublished Black History, Mitzi Carter writes about how black women in the South welcomed her Okinawan mother into their fold:
The ways in which some of these communities of older black women came together to nourish and guide these Asian women into these new cultural worlds is an untold story of black history.
Chang emphasizes that most of us look at each other through that white framework, which assigns traits to different groups and values lighter skin over darker. Asians, black people, Latinos — we see each other the way the white system dictates and even see ourselves that way, sometimes. Unless we are aware enough to free ourselves.
And finally… did you catch that March 15 marked Asian American Equal Pay Day? No? Read my piece in BlogHer and find out why it’s more complicated than it seems.
According to UC Irvine Sociology Professor Jennifer Lee, Asian Americans earn less compared to their white colleagues of similar educational background, region of residence and other similar factors. And once Asian American women get their foot in the door, there’s the dreaded “bamboo ceiling” that keeps them from advancing to management jobs.