Asian Americans, although lauded as the "model minority," are arguably one of the most politically disenfranchised minority groups in the United States. If indeed, Asian Americans are so successful and admirable, why there is such a lack of representation in the leadership roles by Asian Americans in our country's political landscape?
Late Berkeley historian Ronald Takaki presented an excellent episode at the beginning of his book A Different Mirror, in which a US-born Asian American was asked the question where he was from. The physical features of Asian Americans project the message of "foreignness," and "foreignness" in appearance leads to unfounded mistrust.
Having said the above, regardless of the election result, I just want to say I am proud of Andrew Yang who has so far represented Asian Americans so well and so courageously! We need more people like him. I understand Asian Americans is a highly diverse group in the United States. We have our differences and conflicts like any other race. The fact that we tend to be from different national origins amplifies our distances. However, the fact that we are facing the common racial prejudices and barriers alone should unify us. We need more solidarity and empathy among Asian Americans and all Americans. Indeed, there is diversity, but there is something to me more important, that is, humanity!