Asian American History, Why Immigrant Parents Support Trump, Compulsory Antiracist Education, East Coast vs West Coast Asians with Nicole Zhao
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Today's guest is Nicole Zhao, a native New Yorker who will talk about the importance of antiracist education. We have lots of history on structural inequities, systemic racism, and the different experiences within Asian immigrant communities and across racial groups. We grew up in very different communities and Asian American experiences. I was NOT woke at all in high school, and Nicole went to a high school that required standardized testing and an application to get in! We, unfortunately, both have Trump supporting parents. How do you talk to parents about that, and take into consideration how their immigration stories have shaped their beliefs? We also recount some racism and micro aggressions we’ve faced.
(2:00) - Nicole's introduction. The diverse community in Queens.
(2:30) - How did growing up NYC vs. California shape political beliefs?
(6:15) - What is a specialized high school?
(10:45) - Education on the history of the U.S. should be embedded in the K through 12 system.
(11:45) - Asian American history is erased from social studies.
(12:00) - The Page act and how laws shaped racial stereotypes about Asians today.
(14:40) - Importance of gender studies.
(15:30) - How Nancy was a republican misogynist and racist in high school and college changed that.
(22:00) - Classes in college that were life changing.
(24:00) - Asian solidarity and the formation of Asian American as a political and racial group.
(25:00) - Asian Black Solidarity and taking to Asian parents about #blacklivesmatter. (32:30) - Trump supporting Asian Parents. Why immigrants like Trump.
(37:00) - Different ideals of America from immigrant parents.
(40:00) - Racial identity as a west coast Asian.
(41:30) - Facing racism and microaggressions in college, sorority rush, running, and work.
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Welcome to Progressive Opinions of Color (POC), a podcast that seeks to create space for more people of color in politics and economics. With the 2020 presidential election coming up and the state of the economy during COVID-19, it is more important than ever to think about who we include in the conversations about politics and economics. I am Nancy Wu, your host. I’m also an Asian American woman, an economist, and a huge politics and policy nerd. I triple majored in Economics, Government (Political Science) and Gender Studies at Dartmouth and have a Master’s in Development Economics from Oxford. I work as an Economist full time and have previously worked in economic policy at the White House (under Obama, of course) and progressive think tanks. The goal of this podcast is to engage the Asian American community and other POC and BIPOC voices in an industry that is so heavily represented by old white men. The POC Podcast will host conversations on the 2020 Presidential Election, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, the coronavirus pandemic, the state of the economy, and other pressing topics in politics, economics, and culture, all through perspectives inclusive of the lived experiences of people of color. Whether you're new to politics or already a huge politics nerd, I hope this podcast inspires community and conversation among us. Join me in reimagining politics and economics with underrepresented voices. The economy is complicated enough. Learn about it through stories from real people.