Volume XXIII

Where Sexism and Racism Meet: The Danger of Existing as an Asian American Woman

by Isabella Oishi

The targeted mass shooting of Asian women in Atlanta, GA in March 2021 highlights the dangers present at the intersection of racism, sexism, and misogyny. For Asian American women, the experiences of discrimination based on race and gender are both inseparable and unique. Harmful stereotypes about Asian women have roots in xenophobic legislation passed in the 1800s, United States military involvement in Asia, and television and film portrayals. This article will explain how the fetishization and stereotyping of Asian women came about, the role it plays in present-day discrimination, and the recent legal developments aiming to protect Asian Americans …

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