Family Lessons I Learned and Now Teach About Racism Toward Asians in America
By Anne Sokolsky, Professor of Comparative Literature
I teach this because despite my supposedly good education in a diverse public high school in a diverse neighborhood in a diverse city, I was never formally taught anything about the hatred some people have in this country toward people of Asian descent. People today seem shocked that this hate exists, that somehow it is new. Yet, my grandfather spoke about it in the 1930s and 1940s through his journalistic pen. My father spoke about it in the privacy of my childhood home in the 1970s.