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KPCC: Asian Americans turn to social media to counter stereotypes

Katy Perry at American Music AwardsAsian Americans are turning to Twitter to amplify their voice against insensitive and stereotypical portrayals of their community, notes KPCC.

It happened with the recent yellowface slap happy How I Met Your Mother episode.  It happened with Questlove insulting Asians while on tour in Japan. It happened again with Katy Perry‘s performance at the American Music Awards.

Social media was the first place Asian Americans turned to vent their displeasure.

“The Internet has become an alternative ground for Asian-Americans to not only express perspectives and opinions but to really assert themselves within the American citizenry,”  said L.S. Kim, Associate Professor of Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz.

You can also read Angry Asian Man’s thoughts on the use of social media on KPCC.

Then answer the question, where else can Asian Americans take this?

I’m wondering if the community can move beyond rallying against media portrayals and on to such socially driven issues as poverty, discrimination and social injustice.

Can these more complex issue be explained in 140 words of less? What will it take to mobilize the community for real substantive change?

Would love to hear your thoughts.






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