The Associated Press International Desk is featuring an online essay by a 28-year-old Taiwanese native in California who had her New York office building evacuated after a bomb threat. The AP also posted an article headlined “Deported Chinese professor: Trump’s policies ‘destroyed’ hope for my people.”
Gao was earning her master’s degree from New York University when two U.S. Marines arrived at her Manhattan office in January to escort her off campus. Her professors questioned her mental health. She was escorted out to customs, locked out of her bank accounts and told she had to quit. To “save face,” she declared she’d be pregnant by six months.
The mother of a 5-year-old son filed a federal lawsuit, claiming harassment and discrimination by administrators. A motion by NYU to dismiss the suit was denied by a federal judge in March.
Gao is one of about 12 million Asians around the world who are minorities in their home countries, according to the Asia Society in New York. That’s one in 10 adults, more than any other foreign-born population group.
Their gripes are hard to find in rich, homogenous Western democracies, the AP found. Since the start of 2017, the social issues endured by Asian-American women living in the U.S. have received virtually no attention from media, while the complaints of Asian-American men about sexual harassment were heard with regularity in women’s news media.
In India, 94 percent of the population is Hindu, but only 5 percent of seats in parliament are held by non-Hindus. Jats, a community of Hindus, have mounted weeks of protests against their government over urban slums allegedly built on their ancestral lands. Their protests have plunged the country into its worst communal violence in years.
Adding to the problem is the growing ability of marginalized groups to express their grievances through social media and online messaging services. The Women’s Equality Act is being sidelined in the Senate, which was once an essential component of feminism for conservatives. Other smaller gender-specific debates about grooming policies or gun control are mired in discussions about gender stereotypes.
The Associated Press asked five ethnicities and one cultural group about ethnic discrimination and how they are coping.