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A People’s History of Asian America

Produced in partnership by the Center for Asian American Media and PBS Digital Studios, A People’s History of Asian America tells the history of Asian Americans through the microaggressions and stereotypes this community faces.

Where Did The “Asian Fetish” Come From?

7m 35s

Dolly and Adrian examine the 2021 Atlanta mass tragedy, reconciling it with the existence of the 1875 Page Act that explicitly banned “immoral" Chinese women. Dolly interviews scholars who study race & gender to learn about how orientalism has shaped the West’s understanding of both Asian men and women, and how we can learn from Black feminists about combating these dangerous stereotypes.

Episodes

  • Where Did The “Asian Fetish” Come From?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Where Did The “Asian Fetish” Come From?

    S2021 E2 - 7m 35s

    Dolly and Adrian examine the 2021 Atlanta mass tragedy, reconciling it with the existence of the 1875 Page Act that explicitly banned “immoral" Chinese women. Dolly interviews scholars who study race & gender to learn about how orientalism has shaped the West’s understanding of both Asian men and women, and how we can learn from Black feminists about combating these dangerous stereotypes.

  • Why “The China Virus” Has Always Been A Part Of U.S. History: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why “The China Virus” Has Always Been A Part Of U.S. History

    S2021 E1 - 9m

    This term emerged in the 2020 pandemic and became normalized by pundits, politicians, and even the president, exacerbating racism and violent experiences. Hosts Dolly and Adrian make the argument that the xenophobic sentiment that Asian people are invasive, a “China Virus,” has always existed as a concept in America, and has resulted in a cycle of violence that dates all the way back to the 1800s.

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