What does Asian American mean?

In his latest piece at SFGate, Asian Pop columnist Jeff Yang wonders if the term Asian American has relevance in today’s world. Activists began using “Asian American” during 1960s civil rights movement as a way to forge their own identity in a society that considered them orientals and outsiders. 

What does Asian American mean now? It’s a question we grapple with at Hyphen all the time. We’ve made a conscious decision to avoid topics such as anime and other pop culture from Asia, to keep the American provenance clear. But is the line between Asian and Asian American less crucial or meaningful to watch, now?

See my full post at Hyphen magazine’s blog.

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