Somebody is asking me to publish the following on here.
Asians have been in America for a long time, but to what avail? We build railroads and cities, and we get the Chinese Exclusion Act. We churn out Jeremy Lins and Jonny Kims, and we get “A Chink in the Armor.” We apply for universities like everyone else, and we get turned down because we’re not “holistic” enough. It’s been like that since the beginning — we play the game, and the goalposts get changed once it looks like we’re winning. Have we achieved the American Dream, or is there a reason it’s called a “dream?” Have we gotten what we want? Centuries of our collective life experiences should tell us no, we haven’t gotten what we want. But what do we want? Perhaps the problem is we never really thought about this.
The truth is, we’re all humans and humans want the same things. These things have been carefully studied throughout history and codified by countries around the world. And the truth is, the most basic rights and opportunities as a human being, let alone an American citizen, are denied to us. These rights and opportunities are written in the American Constitution. Remember “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?” How hollow those words ring nowadays. The fact these principles do not hold true for us, means America is no longer the America of the Constitution. America has failed us. To continue our lives here means accepting the fact that we live in a failed state. Or maybe we believe that whatever life we have here is not a failure. That’s what the slaves thought, too, until they didn’t; they believed were still alive and doing just fine, despite the circumstances.
Now look. What do we have here, really? What can America do for us? We are immigrants who came here to have a higher standard of living. Mostly, that means money, purchasing power, presence on the world stage. The allure of that six-figure job which puts you at the top one percentile of income globally — it is something basic human nature finds difficult to resist. We have comfortable houses and nice cars and endless food and the luxury to travel around the world whenever we want. But of course that’s just a minority of people. Most of us don’t have even that, which means most of us have nothing. We also came here for political and religious and sexual freedom, only to find it disgustingly superficial, unrealistic to the point of impossibility, and quite irrelevant in practice. You can thank the media for such merry delusions.
And even if we did have a higher standard of living here than back home, it doesn’t make a huge difference materially. Humans are hardy creatures. We can deal with — and have dealt with — poverty just fine. More important, however, is the need for respect and understanding. Think for a moment, do we expect respect and understanding from the birthplace of the Chinese Exclusion Act, the nuclear holocausts of Japan, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the total annihiliation of Cambodia as well as other countries? But things have changed, you say. That’s all in the past. On the surface, it looks that way. That’s because they want it to look that way. They want us to keep on living here, stimulating the economy, paying the taxes, and being a good example for other minorities to follow. But they don’t want us to realize how angry and dissatisfied we are. They don’t want us breaking the rules or trying to change things for the better — because that’s a job for the adults.
Though we are American citizens, it’s not our job to change America. Asians have this curious personality trait, where we all want to be the hero who saves the day. We want to speak up, we want to change things. But time and time again, whenever we do something substantive they will nod politely and say, “oh, that’s nice, dear.” And then we’re left to play sidekick to someone who truly is a first-class citizen. So it’s not our job to change America, not because we can’t, but because it’s been decided for us that we shouldn’t. It’s plain to see that America is being mismanaged on multiple fronts. That’s normal, of course — a country as large as America is bound to have a lot of interesting problems to solve. And we’re always trying to be the hero. Trying to redeem America, trying to find the one shred of hope amidst all the debris. But that’s not our job.