Yesssss!! “@chinatownlife: #NotYourAsianSidekick #notyourmodelminority pic.twitter.com/TjJ92WKBOz”
— Merlyn (@IamAgriot) December 15, 2013
As AsAmNews first reported Sunday, the twitter hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick began trending on Twitter Sunday morning and quickly became the number one trending topic of the day.
Asian Americans on three continents chimed in with their stream of consciousness thoughts, first on feminism and gay issues, then spreading to a wide range of other topics about Asian America as well.
The surprisingly viral rise of the hashtag even caught the attention of the BBC in the UK which reported the hashtag had been used 45,000 times around the world.
Park told the BBC the hashtagged allowed marginalized Asian Americans to voice their grievances. Voice them, they did.
Here are just a few of them.
#NotYourAsianSidekick is trending because what u dismissively call "political correctness" is what I call "my life."
— Jenny Yang (@jennyyangtv) December 15, 2013
This is what I get when I google "asians". So yes, we need to have a #NotYourAsianSidekick convo because we matter. pic.twitter.com/DfjwYZ0q0T
— Suey Park (@suey_park) December 15, 2013
Because community members are stopping deportations in VA this morning since the President refuses to take action #NotYourAsianSidekick
— Prerna L. Schubiner (@prernaplal) December 16, 2013
#NotYourAsianSidekick wishing I can meet all the women of color who rode this wave today. You are my tribe. @suey_park @Juliet_Shen
— Jenny Yang (@jennyyangtv) December 16, 2013