Goodbye, Identity Politics. Goodbye, Asian American Identity

How timely. I’ve had this idea for this particular short post in my head all summer, and today David Brooks published this: In Praise of Equipoise. Now I don’t know about leadership or crossing over to do the kind of outreach that Brooks is describing, but I do know that identity politics is killing this country. Both the Alt-Right and Black Lives Matter are filled with narcissistic blowhards who talk too much, and both are responsible for fomenting hatred. Asian American activism has been ruined, especially by the so-called Asian American feminists. We (the commenters on this site and I) have spent the last few years railing against the sickening disease of victimization that has plagued both the Black community and the Asian American leftist community, but we’ve done so mostly within the framework of being in those communities. It’s time for us and identity politics to declare an amicable split. So I’m done.

I’m still the same person I’ve always been. I’ll still fight for equal rights: affirmative action is a racist policy that discriminates against Asians. I’m still a member of the group “Asian Americans Against Affirmative Action” because it’s important for those who face the most discrimination from a racist policy to speak against it by declaring who we are. I still believe we need more Asian representation in literature and in the media. We also need more diverse portrayals of people of other races. But I’m fighting now not as an Asian American, but as a human being. I’m not going to continue to pretend that so-called Asian American feminists are fighting for any cause other to claim more institutional power for Asian American feminism, nor am I going to continue to help others perpetuate the lie that Asian American feminists have the moral high ground in most of their debates. In general, they are anti-immigrant, anti-Chinese culture, anti-Asian male, pro-White male, and pro-emotion-over-logic. They’re guilty of the same kind of prejudice that they’re always accusing others of harboring. People who are part of that movement aren’t necessarily bad people, but they’re terribly misguided.

I’m also declaring my objection to crybullying against “cultural appropriation.” If you’re a White or Black or other non-Asian content creator, I have no objection to you writing Asian characters in your work. None. In fact, I encourage it. I do so not just for your benefit, but for mine and for American society as a whole. My fear of bad portrayals is must less menacing than my fear of censorship and political correctness gone wild. In other words, Lionel Shriver was right.

I’ve changed my tagline to read, “Ideas, Common Sense, and Asian American Literature.” It was important for me NOT to have Asian American remain the first word in my blog description. I still have a soft spot for writing about the Asian American experience, and I’d still like to use this space to get the word out about new authors and new works, but as for defining myself as an Asian American or perpetuating an us vs. them mentality, I’m done. Finished. I will no longer be a part of a movement that has gotten way out of control and is responsible for the hatred and polarization that is hurting our society. I will no longer support a movement that has really become the lap-dog of a far more powerful and destructive movement, namely Black Lives Matter and extreme leftism.

Now some may say, “Hey, YOU can define the movement! If you don’t want it to be an extreme leftist movement, reclaim it!” The problem here is that I no longer want it. I want to embrace humanity for what it is. I don’t want divisions. It’s not healthy for us as human beings, nor is it healthy for society, especially given the way intermarriage is turning us all into one big family. Yes, discrimination against Asian men in the dating game still exists. Yes, I’m not going to jump on the Asian American feminist bandwagon by saying that the unequal playing field is a good thing. But I’m also not going to deny the reality that we need to accept the disparity at certain level. “Round one” of this fight has been going on since the 1970’s. We were losing as Asian American men back then, and we’ve continued to lose until right now. We’re doing better than we were during the 70’s, but we’re still losing. Let’s NOT repeat the same losing strategy for the next fifty years. We’re losing in part because we’ve self-segregated. Let’s continue the fight, but let’s do so not as part of a segregated identity, but as human beings.

Just one quick caveat–I think it’s GOOD for young Asian men to temporarily segregate themselves in order to find answers without distraction. It was a crucial step for me when I first started out. But for those of us who’ve put in that time and who understand what’s going on, we need to unsegregate (which is quite different from integrate, which to me implies that we completely drop our culture. I’ll probably have more to say about this at a later time).

I’ve spent more time thinking about my Asian American identity than 99.999% of the people out there. I think it was time well-spent, and I think I’ve learned a lot of history and human behavior from that time and effort. But it’s time to move on. I want to be open to see the world as it really is, to see people for who they are, not for the identities they claim. I may or may not post here as often as I have in the past, but I hope you’ll all join me for the ride.

8 thoughts on “Goodbye, Identity Politics. Goodbye, Asian American Identity

  1. The original intended affirmative action isn’t the same as the current affirmative DISCRIMINATION system that the Fangs and their hashtagtivism cronies espouses.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. I’ll be here for the ride.
    I think you’re wrong Byron. Keep embracing your Asian identity. You’re once again taking the high ground. You should love no other race but Asian. There’s no right or wrong in this world. Only money and power, and you were born for the woke Asian men team. We should segregate ourselves, but no in the manner you said. We need to take care of our teammates. Asians like to fight amongst themselves, but for now asians have the same goal. Asian men can carve their own roads, we don’t need the other teams to recognize us. Who gives a shit anyway, as long as our team is doing well financially and supportive of each other. Why do you care about affirmative action? We can set up our own elite universities. Why do you care asian men don’t get dates? There are black women and women outside the US.

  3. Jenn and her SJW peers are just the grown-up self-haters that we all saw in highschool/university who focuses all their energies showing the world how unstereotypically Asian that they are. Their views are far from representative of the grassroots. They don’t have any conviction and they are followers at heart. In fact, merging last years gall-up poll on affirmative action with the Karthick’s poll would suggest that ONLY Asian Americans support race-based considerations when it comes to university admission. However, if the last years gallup poll is accurate, I think that it wouldn’t be long before Karthick revises his poll and Jenn changes her tune with regards to affirmative action.

    Jenn’s generation and earlier are lost causes. However I’m more optimistic about the future. Checkout this AAW you-tuber. She has 1.6 million subscribers and the video just uploaded yesterday already has 58,000 views.

  4. I think it’s much more insidious than just self-hate, it’s a power play to vye for power at the detriment of Asian Americans.

    Very similar to and the opposite side of the same coin of alt-right wingnut AF wives and lackeys, the SJWs are just working for the regressive leftist agendas.

    While academic freedom should be promoted and respected, Ramakrishnan’s political science department really has to look into possible academic misconduct for falsifying data. There’s politics there, obviously, but the fact biased data collection/sampling and blatant mis-representation to affect public policy is something public academic institutions shouldn’t take very lightly. Especially as it pertains to a UC school that’s directly influenced by said public policy generated by an employee.

  5. I think I get the gist of what you’re saying, but I have little faith that this country is at a place where they’ll let you forget that you’re Asian-American. If history proves this wrong, though, all the better.

  6. And maybe “forget” is the wrong phrasing as I’m sure you’re not forgetting, but I hope you know what I mean!

  7. I totally know what you mean!

    I think what I’m saying i that I’m no longer going to be aligned with the complainers. I’m no longer going to place my identity in that bucket. I think the term is still useful in some areas, but we need to focus more on coming together than coming apart.

  8. >we need to focus more on coming together than coming apart.

    said every single Asian living in the West who claimed, “we just need to assimilate”. Those people achieved very little for us.

    You are frustrated with fake Asian “feminists”, SJW, and other clowns, but preaching “we’re all just one” is not the answer in the West, where race trumps all.

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