So often, its easy to get caught up only thinking about Asian American issues. After all, I work in the Asian American Studies Program and I go to a Chinese immigrant church. But lately, I’ve been reminded how much overlap there is between different communities, how important working together is. A few days ago, I had a conversation with a progressive not-Asian friend. At the same time, I’ve been reading Custer Died For Your Sins by Vine Deloria.
Our issues overlap, no matter what the media says. Undocumented immigration and deportation is depicted like a Latino (read, Mexican) issue. People coming from Asian countries make up about 10% of undocumented immigrants to the US.
In his book, Deloria writes about the wars that the US asked Native tribes to fight in, to defeat other European countries. Then after the wars were over, the US refused to recognize their former allies. A hundred years later, the US pulled some similar maneuvers in Southeast Asia.
Racial profiling, gentrification, violence between youth, these issues belong to all of us. It’s not to erase our differences. Certainly those exist. But it’s good to come together and remember our common struggles, too.