Many Asian community leaders have been telling the media focusing on the main challenges of Asian Americans that language barriers and cultural differences cause the discrimination. This reminds me of the most insulting Bill O’Reilly report done about Asian Americans. O’Reilly sent a reporter to New York’s Chinatown and interviewed senior citizens who did not speak English. Of course, the report portrayed Asian Americans as a group of “foreigners” living in the U.S. that is completely out of touch with the main society.
As we know, the majority of Asian Americans do not live in Chinatown. I am begging all the Asian community leaders to stop talking about language barriers and cultural differences. Otherwise, we will never be recognized as “mainstream” citizens.