A few short days ago, the writer Suey Park set Twitter ablaze with the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick, meant to open discussion on feminist and queer issues within the Asian American community. In conversation with Buzzfeed, Park expresses concern over patriarchal ideologies within the Asian American spaces, and she explains her desire to create a space for honest dialogue about stereotyping and prejudices that are often overlooked in mainstream media. Her brave movement aims to discuss “all of the things [Asian American women] were told to never talk about,” including multiracial issues, LGBT movements, mental health, body image, and immigration.
The hashtag inspired necessary conversations on sexist ideas within communities, racial exclusion within the feminist movement, and stereotyping and lack of representation in the mainstream media. The hashtag has gotten some criticism for its broad implications; some feel it lacks focus, and others feel racially targeted and misrepresented, but Park’s work is certainly a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive and nuanced feminist movement. What do you think of the hashtag? Let us know in the comments!
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