18 April 2007

"Let It Be Some Other Asian"

It's a cowardly way of thinking, but it was a sad truth. Asian-Americans all wished that the VT shooter would be someone other than their own ethnicity, so that the blame wouldn't lie with them.

Most non-Koreans are breathing a sigh of relief that it wasn't one of their own. Most Koreans are paranoid, after Cho Seung-Hui's nationality was revealed.

However, most Americans can't distinguish between Asian nationalities, so all Asian-Americans can expect some flak over Cho's rampage. The saddest part is that if Cho were, say, a white Briton, the British wouldn't have had to worry so much, as the backlash would simply not exist.

Andrew Lam, who has a Vietnamese background, wrote on this phenomenon.

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