Dear White People reminded me that race is too often framed as a dichotomous conversation of black vs. white. It's not. Taking place on an Ivy League campus (where Asian Americans are commonly enrolled in high numbers), there was only one Asian-American student seen on screen -- named Sungmi -- playing the role of the token Asian hanging out with predominantly black students.
When the film culminates in the racist incident of the campus blackface party, I watched in solidarity while reflecting on similar racist events where students threw "Asian-themed" parties and dressed up in Asian stereotypes, such as this frat party at Duke University in 2013. It was absolutely enra...
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