Have you checked out the Addicted to Race Podcast yet? Podcasts are what get me through my seemingly endless commuting and child-care shuffling. I haven't been listening to Addicted to Race for too long, but in the brief time that Iv'e been listening, I have heard a great conversation with sister Kimchi Mama Jae Ran as well as tons of other interesting conversations all about race.
Check out this week's podcast for a Kimchi Mama shout out!! Last week, Jen and Carmen were talking about when and where people choose to identify as X, Y or Z. The conversation focused mainly on how some people of color do not feel like they experience racism or discrimination, and how this often leads people not to identify as X, Y or Z. This could go for women, members of the LGBT community, people of different abilities, etc.
I felt like this was a narrow and slightly depressing way of describing Asian American identity - that my identity as an Asian American woman is based mainly on the racism (and sexism) that I feel that I face. I recognize the history of why is important for Asian Americans to unite and fight together, but I'd like to believe that there are things to celebrate about being an Asian American, and for that matter, being a mother. I feel like this is one part of what makes Kimchi Mamas so appealing to me. This is a space to celebrate and support our community of Asian American parents.
But, it does pose an interesting question: When do you identify most strongly as Asian American (or whatever you chose to identify as)? Is it in the face of adversity? Or is it in celebration of your community?