By Guest Contributor: Bel Leong-Hong, Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s AAPI Caucus
Three years ago today, the Republican National Committee released a report as part of their “Growth and Opportunity Project,” known as the GOP Autopsy, explaining their overwhelming losses in the 2012 election. When it came to the issues that matter to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, the autopsy vowed to embrace comprehensive immigration reform and recommended that the GOP be more inclusive of the community in party messaging and flexibility in party policies. Basically, it recommended they be more like Democrats.
But it seems that the GOP has thrown this autopsy out the window, because the fear-mongering and anti-immigrant rhetoric has actually gotten worse since 2012, as often demonstrated by their presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Lakshmi’s recaps for “Quantico” episodes 1-7 can be found here and for episode 8 onward here, including her recap of the show’s most recent episode. Her recaps appear on Reappropriate every Monday morning! As with reading any recaps, please be wary of spoilers.
“One. Agent. Will. Die.”
Those were the most important words in the trailer ABC was running nonstop this week in the lead up to last night’s Quantico episode. We’re on the record for not being particularly intrigued by the series’ terrorism storyline, but it was hard not to wonder which of our young NATs would be leaving us. (We’re terrible at guessing these sort of things, so we didn’t even try.)
However, if like us you take a few minutes each week to scour the internet for Quantico spoilers, you know that showrunner Josh Safran called last night’s episode, “one of the roughest… because Alex and Vasquez are forced to cross a line that they don’t want to cross.”
When three Asian American children were trotted out in front of a national audience as both the props for and the butt of a joke delivered by Oscars host Chris Rock, mainstream attention was momentarily placed on the extent to which Asian Americans face racism. Ironically enough, Rock’s joke simultaneously demonstrated anti-Asian racism while it relied upon the model minority stereotype, a trope that has long served to obscure anti-Asian racism.
The problems with the model minority myth are legion. I am not here to debunk the model minority myth—thereismuchacademic and popularwritingonthesubject—but to examine one effect of its prevalence in public discourse: confused narratives of Asian American aggrievement.
For weeks we have endured endless chatter about #OscarsSoWhite and how to better increase diversity in Hollywood. Now that the awards season has officially ended and the Academy Awards have been handed out, I can finally give my two cents about this.
Lakshmi’s recaps for “Quantico” episodes 1-7 can be found here and for episode 8 onwardhere, including her recap of the show’s most recent episode. Her recaps appear on Reappropriate every Monday morning! As with reading any recaps, please be wary of spoilers.
And… we’re back! Fans (and hate-watchers) got to jump back into the world of Quantico last night with the return of everyone’s favorite FBI drama after nearly three months.
ABC began Sunday’s episode with a quick montage of everything that happened last time around (it’s been months, we needed it.) Former NAT Elias Harper had confessed to being the mastermind behind the Grand Central plot and then died by suicide before he could be arrested. If that wasn’t dramatic enough, it turns out that even more horrific things were to come. When we last saw Alex Parrish she was looking on in horror as she watches a building packed with her co-workers and friends explode after yet another terrorist attack. Going into this week’s episode, we weren’t at all sure who had survived the second bombing.