Perpetual Foreigner stereotype alert: shortly after US figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel in an Olympic competition, New York Times Opinion section editor Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) tweeted “Immigrants: they get the job done,” a line from Hamilton.
The implication from Weiss’ tweet was obvious: Nagasu should be celebrated as an American immigrant. One problem, though: Nagasu was born in Montebello, California. And yet, for Weiss, the place of Nagasu’s birth doesn’t seem to matter: instead, the colour of her skin appears to have marked Nagasu as foreign.
Why is it that American media personalities commenting on the Winter Olympcs can never seem to remember that Asian Americans are American, too? Let’s not forget the infamous headline: in 1998, MSNBC published a headline declaring that “American Beats Out Kwan,” implying that US figure skater Michelle Kwan wasn’t an American. Now again, a mainstream media commentator can’t seem to figure out that Mirai Nagasu isn’t an immigrant. Continue reading “New York Times Editor Thinks American-Born Mirai Nagasu Is An Immigrant”