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"Go back"

In a series of tweets in July, President Trump told four women of color currently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives to ““go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” All four are U.S. citizens. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx, which she now represents. Her family is Puerto Rican. Representative Rashida Tlaib was born in and represents Detroit. She is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants. Representative Ayanna Pressley was born in Cincinnati, raised in Chicago, and now lives in and represents Boston. Representative Ilhan Omar fled Somalia with her family when she was a child. They received asylum in the US. She became a US citizen in 2000 and represents Minneapolis. Immigrants are familiar with such attacks, which are leveled at us to express that we don’t belong, that we are not and perhaps cannot ever be accepted as fully American. We never expected that such racist and xenophobic statements would be expressed by the President of the United States. Read more.


My Asian American friends and I were walking to a museum when an older white man came up to us and said, “China, China, what are you doing in America? GO HOME.”

"I hate Asians"

I was at a Boston Celtics game with a friend up in the balcony. As the game went on, my friend and I, who are Vietnamese American and Chinese American, noticed that someone kept yelling in our direction. We did not think much of it until it got much louder. Turns out it was a young white man who appeared to be drunk and was very focused on us. He screamed out things like “I hate Asians” and “go back to your country” and that he wanted to throw us off the balcony. I called security and they came and escorted the guy out. I couldn’t help but notice that he had friends with him. They tried to get him to stop, warning him that he’d get kicked out. Despite that, I’m still frustrated that they – and the other people around us – did not call him out for being racist


I am a young woman of Korean decent living in the US. I enjoy going to comic/anime conventions. (I also enjoy cosplaying) And every year without fail I am subject to harassment and degradation. One specific convention I have attended the past 4 consecutive years. The first year I was 15 and a man lifted my skirt as I walked up the stairs, then he and his friends corners me and made lewd comments while pulling and prodding at me/my costume. I have been bowed to by white men, criticized for cosplaying non Asian characters. And even spoken to in broken Japanese by other attendees (I’m of Korean decent and was born in the US). People just throw me into a vague place of “Asian” rather than trying to understand the difference of my culture and heratige. The worst is the fetisization of East Asian women and how it surfaces within interactions during these events. Other attendees would never touch or harass another cosplayer because they hold cosplay in high regard as an art. But many of the see me and break boundaries that my friends say have never been crossed with them. I feel as though they see my handmade cosplay as a cheap costume in an Asian themed porno. Like I am there to cater to them instead of dressing up for fun and to express myself (like the other cosplayers)

"White people are fine"

It was the night of the election around 2 am and the news had not yet called the presidential election but it was pretty clear that Donald Trump was going to win. I was putting out the trash and there was this young man sitting on the stoop across the street from me waiting for his friend. He was talking to a friend of his who was upset about the outcome. He very clearly said "We're fine. Donald Trump likes us, white people. Who cares about the rest? Trump will lower taxes and white people are fine." I looked over at the young man because I was shocked and went back to my apartment. Eventually, his friend showed up and his friend brought up the election saying something along the lines that we are all screwed. The young man replied to his friend "Naw, we're good but the chink across the street is screwed." The guy didn't realize that I lived on the ground floor and my window was open. I grew up in Columbus, Georgia where my family and I were one of the few Asian families that lived in Columbus during the late 80's. I am used to dealing racism because of the South but I was shocked to hear it in Philadelphia and in my neighborhood that is diverse.

Yelling in Italian

My friend and I were heading to my apartment and as we walked by a neighborhood bodega that is run by a Chinese-American family a man yelled at the owner of the store "Your fucking English is no good. Learn how to speak! Fucking yellow Chink! Mangia merde e morte! Vaffanculo! " My friend and I yelled back at the man "Yo, you're yelling at this woman about her lack of ability to speak English and you are yell at her in Italian? You are a racist and an ignorant idiot." The man just sulked away. My friend and I then asked the lady if she was okay and not to let this man get to her.

Fighting over eggrolls

My family moved to South in 1987 and we have dealt with racism on a daily basis. My parents like many Asian-Americans own a business. My parents run a typical small family-run mom and pop restaurant. One day in a very large white man came in to order food. He asked for an egg roll and my father informed him that we were sold out. The man became very angry and called my father all sorts of things and then proceeded to throw bottles of condiments at him. My father asked the man to leave and then called the police. The man became even further agitated and tried to punch my father. He couldn't get a punch in because my father was able to quickly move out of the way and then proceeded to run and charge at my father. Little did this poor man know that my father who is slender and not tall had extensive military train and has a black belt in taekwondo. My father out of self-defense flipped, pinned, and then choked out this man until the police came. The people in the neighborhood took video footage of the whole incident and the man was arrested. 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Advancing Justice - Atlanta, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), and Advancing Justice - Chicago.