That’s me… as a baby… back in the 1970s… with my parents… who were both legal immigrants to the U.S.
After the resurrection of the term “anchor baby” in this presidential primary season, I thought I’d post this photo of our family as part of the #MyAsianAmericanStory hashtag that’s trending on Twitter.
As I’ve mentioned before, my parents came to America after the Immigration Act of 1965 relaxed the restrictions on Asians entering the United States. Like most of the people who were eligible under that new law, my parents were highly educated or skilled workers — my dad was studying for a Ph.D. in engineering and my mother had just completed her master’s in biology when I was born in the Midwestern college town where they were living. They went on to become American citizens, be productive workers and businesspeople, lead Girl Scout troops, and attend City Council meetings. And they raised a daughter to become a journalist and blogger — and perhaps that’s what all these “anchor baby” fear-mongerers are afraid of…
My take over at BlogHer about why all feminists should care about phrase “anchor baby” and how it portrays immigrant women.
Read what other people are saying about Jeb Bush’s anchor baby gaffe at NBC Asian America.