I am concerned about the prevalent desire to gain proximity to whiteness, and deeply related internalized racism, in the AAPI community, especially the community at elite institutions. I am passionate about these issues because I have personally experienced this in myself and my closest friends. I was unable to process and never wanted to engage with my race and ethnicity until I became a student at Duke University. I've been told to put my head down and create a stable future for myself. Many of my AAPI peers have been told the same. We are AFRAID TO ROCK THE BOAT. It is much easier to be white than to recognize our real racial position and see it for all its raw reality.
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