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New Comics Anthology ‘Permanent Alien’ Highlights the Asian-American Experience

Michelle Zhuang says the idea for a new zine highlighting the young Asian-American experience came to them in a flash.

“I was waiting for Mariel [Rodriguez, a fellow artist], and I thought, 'What if we made comics featuring people who looked like us for people who looked like us?” Zhuang, a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, told NBC News. They immediately told Rodriguez about the idea as the pair walked the campus. Rodriguez was equally enthusiastic.

“It’s something I wanted to do for a long time, but I just hadn’t had the chance,” Rodriguez said.
Rhode Island School of Design seniors Jean Wei, Mariel Rodriguez, Hanna Cha and Michelle Zhuang came up with the concept of “Permanent Alien” after long discussions about Asian American identity.
Rhode Island School of Design seniors Jean Wei, Mariel Rodriguez, Hanna Cha and Michelle Zhuang came up with the concept of “Permanent Alien” after long discussions about Asian American identity. Jean Wei

Together with fellow illustration majors Hanna Cha and Jean Wei, the group began discussing and expanding on the idea that would become “Permanent Alien,” a comic anthology available in digital format now and in print soon.

Once they came up with the name “Permanent Alien,” the group knew it would be an instant conversation starter. “It came about because it is the status of Asian Americans. It doesn’t matter what you do or where you are from,” Rodriguez said. “You’re still seen as foreign.”


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Fatal shooting of sexagenarian causes uproar among Chinese Americans

The shooting of a 60-year-old man in Chesapeake, Virginia, has stirred up indignation among Chinese-American communities, who are demanding justice for the killing of the unarmed man.

The incident is the latest in a series of shootings involving Chinese Americans and took place in the victim’s minivan on Jan. 26. Jiansheng Chen, a retiree whose English was “very limited,” was shot to death by a security guard while playing Pokémon Go, a popular augmented reality game, NBC News reported.

Though local police have confirmed that Mr. Chen was unarmed at the time, the security guard’s attorney is claiming self-defense, media reported.

No one has yet been charged in connection with the shooting.

Local police have not released further details on the shooting, but Chinese Americans have voiced their discontent, demanding authorities carry out an impartial investigation.

“I can’t sleep after hearing about the tragedy. I fear my family members may become the next victims. Chinese Americans are vulnerable in the U.S., I don’t think this would have occurred if [Mr. Chen] was an African American or a Muslim,” said Cui Songyao, a Chinese American on WeChat.

“The incident was reported by mainstream media in the U.S. a week after it occurred. It seems to me the public didn’t pay much attention to the tragedy because the victim is a Chinese American. More people should know about this incident and justice should be given to the victim,” Alexandra Shi, a Chinese student in New York, told People’s Daily Online.

In response to the incident, chat groups have also been formed on social media platforms, such as WeChat, to support the impartial investigation of the shooting. “Civil Rights,” a WeChat public account founded in 2013 to support the legal rights of Chinese Americans, has also called for Chinese-American communities to support Mr. Chen and his family.


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Creepy, ugly, much older, weird, balding, fat, out of shape, perverted, autistic are some of the words Asian women describe the creeps, almost always white, who approach them. White men will tell you, oh, they’re just “enthusiastic” about Asian culture. Yet, why are these “enthusiasts” always so…undesirable and repulsive?

Why does this happen? Where does the White creep gain the confidence to approach young and attractive Asian women – not other races of women – just Asian women?

Your race is a key factor. Thanks to a combo of:

racist dehumanizing stereotypes [created and spread by white males] that paint Asian women as easy sex objects

● many self-hating/white worshiping/oblivious Asian women who tolerate and even reward such behavior

Asian men and the wider community in general doing nothing to stop this


These entitled sex predators have become an epidemic. No where else would these creepy white guys feel even safe to pull this off.


Asians as a whole must stop reinforcing White preference - that is, to stop tolerating / rewarding the wrong Whites. This feedback loop of White preference emboldens White creeps to be ever more pushy, pestering, and audacious in their predatory behavior towards Asian women. In more concrete terms, the new policy would look more like:

● It is crucial to educate and discourage White fever by the wrong types of Asian women who are complicit in reinforcing White preference with their excessively deferential behavior and even worse, for covering up White creep excesses in violence, rape, and even murder. Such women are a key source of White “preference” in our community because they perpetuate myths about White men which allows them to act as wolves in sheep’s clothing.

● Asian women being visibly upset, ignore, and even asking for help from the public when approached by a White creep. She would not be smiling, giggling, and encouraging the White creep. Our Asian cultures prioritize face and safe-guarding other people’s feelings. This is a mistake for it only emboldens the White creep.

● Asian men must support our Asian sisters in their time of need. An obvious White creep needs to be purged immediately like any creep. There should be no leniency towards Whites. In less obvious encounters, distract the White creep or offer your support to the Asian woman in question.

● The Asian community as a whole must aware its members on the true nature of White creeps.

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So today, I went into an empty fast-food restaurant with my husband. We picked a seat on a long couch that run across the entire left wall of the restaurant. There were about 6-7 tables for that couch (all empty). Shortly, my husband got up to use the restroom and left me alone. Not much later, an elderly man (white) who appeared to be about 60-70 years old showed up. To my very unpleasant surprise, he chose the table RIGHT NEXT to mine despite the fact that there were literally 20+ empty tables in the restaurant (the entire restaurant was empty). Because the seat was a long, connecting couch, he was pretty much sitting right next to me.

My husband then came out and sat back down next to me (in between me and the old, white guy). The old man, upon seeing this, instantly got up and moved to another seat across the restaurant. If this isn’t all the signs of a creep, then I don’t know what is.

What sucks is that ever since I moved to the south, none of this stuff is unusual anymore. Getting harassed by old, creepy WMs is par for the course of living here. And tbh, I’m almost sure it’s because of my race because sometimes, even when there are other women (white and black) around, I still get harassed noticeably more than they do. It’s even gotten so extreme at times that my husband notices and tells me to take his hand and stay by his side closely if we happen to be in a place where there are too many WMs. And nowadays, when I know we’re about to go to a place where WMs are likely to be the main demographic (i.e. gun range), I purposefully try to make myself look as terrible as can be (wearing baggy clothes, messy hair, etc…) to at least deter some attention.

At one point, I even had a random white guy in the airport walk slowly past me (I was sitting in my seat alone waiting for my next flight–my husband wasn’t with me) while grinning at me the whole time. Then slowly walked into the restroom with his head still facing me, grinning at me. Then minutes later, came out of the restroom, continued to stare and grin at me. After he walked past me, he turned around, walked backwards, so he can keep grinning at me. Can you blame me for being scared shitless?

I’m getting exasperated—not just because of the sheer number of creeps here, but also because of the fact that I have virtually no one to talk to about this. This place is starting to make me go insane but no one I know can relate to me because most of my Asian friends live in happy, safe enclaves back in California. They don’t have to deal with as many creeps. I can’t go to Asian female subreddits or forums either because so many AFs defend WMs like crazy in those places. If anything, rather than bashing the harassers, some of them rather bash the victims, especially if the harasser is a WM.

I’ve always been aware of racism against Asians, but my experiences living here in the south was what drove me to find forums/subs like AznIdentity or AsianSoul in the first place. Yes, it’s THAT bad. I’m getting sick of it and it’s just frustrating that there’s no specific AF community to support victims of racialized sexual advancements by white creeps who would otherwise never do the same to a non-AF.

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14 Photos That Show The Original Asian-American Resistance

By the 1960s, Asian-Americans were already being portrayed as a U.S. “model minority” ― a group whose diligent work, personal responsibility and success proved that the American dream was attainable to all. It turns out, the label didn’t tell the full story.

As a new exhibition at the Los Angeles Chinese American Museum argues, young Asian Americans of the time were busy writing their own narrative and protesting just like their Black and Chicano counterparts. Through protest and art, they denounced the Vietnam War and refused to be pigeonholed as model minorities who could easily overcome systemic barriers.

“Beginning in the late 1960s, Asian-Americans nationwide were building social service institutions and feminist collectives, marching against the war, critiquing and sometimes even trying to overthrow the U.S. government,” said Ryan Wong, one of the curators of the exhibition “Roots: Asian American Movements in Los Angeles 1968–80s.”

According to Wong, it’s no coincidence that the term “model minority” was being coined around the same time the Asian-American movement was radicalizing a generation of young people. Groups of Asians protesting for their rights wasn’t the story most media outlets or social theorists wanted to acknowledge.

“The ‘model minority’ idea was used as a weapon against the social movements of the civil rights era, suggesting that activism wasn’t necessary if a group could only ‘work harder,’” he said.

The Asian-American movement chronicled in the exhibition shatters that myth, he added.


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