Last week, novelist Celeste Ng wrote an essay that made waves online detailing her personal experience being harassed for being a Chinese-American woman who married a non-Asian man.
In “When Asian Women Are Harassed for Marrying Non-Asian Men,” Ng illustrates the hate that she’s received, often from Asian American men who felt that she was betraying her race for out-marrying and have an interracial child. She also delves into the stereotypes that surround Asian men in America, which undermine their desirability and masculinity, and feed into the backlash that she has been experiencing.
If you’re an Asian woman who has married or been in a relationship with a non-Asian man, we want to hear from you. Have you experienced backlash from within your family or race? How have you navigated people’s perceptions of your romantic choices?
Call us at 866-893-5722.
Karen Umemoto, professor of urban planning and Asian American studies, as well as director of the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA