Hard work ethic. A lot out of nothing. You and your people. Swiftly
, Grassley’s comments set off backlash
, with many pointing out that the senator had conjured the corrosive, age-old “model minority” myth
Presumably, Grassley meant no offense with his statements, crass as they were. Su “intent was to be complimentary, not to insult anyone,” per communications director Taylor Foy, who mentioned that the senator’s daughter-in-law is Korean American.
Todavía, the at times violent anti-Asian bigotry that’s loomed over the US over the past year and a half has made clear the importance of not flattening the experiences of marginalized communities.
“Even if you think you’re being complimentary
, assigning any character trait to an entire community is the definition of prejudice
,” Reps. Judy Chu, a California Democrat and chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
, told The Washington Post
“Treating all members of a group as the same invites mistreatment when one person can be held accountable for the actions of someone else. It may not be the same incitement to violence seen in other slurs, but it is harmful nonetheless,” ella añadió.
Notablemente, Grassley’s comments were troubling for another reason, también — for the distance they put between Koh and her country.
De acuerdo a un 2020 estudio
, bias against Asian Americans ballooned after conservative media outlets began latching onto
“the Chinese virus
” and other stigmatizing terms to characterize the novel coronavirus
. What’s more
, this language supercharged the belief that Asian Americans are
,” an idea that can yield even more discrimination
In drawing a line around Koh and “her people,” luego, Grassley, in his own way, was participating in this narrative. Or put a little bit differently: As Koh sought to continue serving the US, Grassley suggested that, Realmente, this isn’t her country.