#NotYourAsianSidekick Is Great. Now Can We Get Some Real Social Change?


Yeah this was cool to see as a #TT

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It began with a single tweet, posted by 23-year-old freelance writer and organizer Suey Park, that said: “Be warned. Tomorrow morning we will be have a convo about Asian American Feminism with hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick. Spread the word!!!!!!!” Within hours, #NotYourAsianSidekick had grown into a torrent of Twitter posts by Asian-American women sharing their frustrations and even rage over a society that patronizes them and a feminist movement that renders them invisible. For days, Asian-American feminists, myself included, felt like we were witnessing something extraordinary unfold. It all seemed like the birth of a crusade — stickers now included.

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Led by Park, who tweeted, “#NotYourAsianSidekick because I’d rather base build with fellow Asian Americans than rely on allies, who have a history of being absent,” thousands of feminists similarly gave an online middle finger to those that…

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