Thursday 19th October 2017,

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LA Times: 15-year-old Creates #MyAsianAmericanStory in Response to Anchor Babies Debate

posted by Randall

Jason Fong

While the politicians were beating each other up over Jeb Bush’s comments about Asians and anchor babies, 15-year-old Jason Fong was building a response of his own on Twitter, and the grown ups were listening.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Fong, an intern for AsAmNews and a rising junior at Redondo Beach High School in Los Angeles, responded with the hashtag #MyAsianAmericanStory and the hashtag quickly caught on.

Fong sees comments like those made by Jeb Bush as part of emphasizing the “otherness” in Asians. People incorrectly assume that Asian Americans are not Americans. Fong thinks its too easy to cast Asian Americans off to the side as not a part of American society.

“I hope that people can look at this tag, and know that Asians and Asian Americans are part of the American narrative,” he said.

“Our opinions and our stories matter just as much as those who immigrated less recently.”

You can read what inspires Fong at such a young age to be so active in Asian American community affairs in the Los Angeles Times.

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  1. Daniel W. says:

    RE: 15-year old creates #MyAsianAmericanStories in response to anchor babies debate: There’s a difference between the derogatory term of “anchor babies” and “birth tourist” and these, I assume, children and/or legal immigrants to the United States. Unless, you’re telling me that your intern is the child of illegal parents. I think there’s a difference between parents who legally immigrate to America with the hopes of staying and setting up generation after generation of blood in America versus rich Mainlanders coming to America to birth a child and then leaving back the China with a child that is an “American.” I only use Mainlanders as a reference point because of Jeb Bush’s comments referring to Asians.

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