3 Lessons I've Learned About Modern Racism from Idaho State University's Bad Behavior Towards My Husband | Speaking of China

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  1. Svetlana
    Svetlana June 13, 2016 at 7:23 am | | Reply

    Although I am not as active as before on this blog, I still read and come here to see how things are going. I am deeply sorry for what you guys are going through. For as long as I studied history I figured out that racism and hatred never dies. It gets coated and far more difficult to prove and show. As you said, it’s all covert and is denied by people that it is happening. Keep fighting and I will keep you in my thoughts.

    For those that are curious about racism and how it is done today, check out Fresh off the Boat by Eddie Huang (more grittier and not like TV show) and also Waking up White by Debby Irving.

  2. Zen
    Zen June 13, 2016 at 8:13 am | | Reply


    I wish you and John all the best for taking this rough path with perseverance and determination.

    It’s so bad that they tried to manipulate their terms and conditions so as to block John’s career. I’m also glad that you’re making this public so that people can be aware of what’s going on.

    You can also let this know in Chinese media outlets so that future Chinese will shun away Idaho state university. Either bad or good, it wouldn’t hurt future Chinese students to drop ISU from their list of universities application.

    There is no overt discrimination in modern days. There’s only microaggression.

    Women in Science also have an experience of microaggression from male-dominated STEM fields. It’s horrible, it’s disgusting, it’s sub-human after all.

    Now look at the recent news from Stanford University. Olympic aspiring, Brock Turner raped an unconscious girl he met at the party. What is the sentence he’s got?

    6 months of jail time which is further reduced to 3 months.

    What is his parents say? His father said “A steep price for a 20-minute of action”

    You go figure who is the Judge?


    White males will try to wield power by every means even if they have to dehumanize their own kind, White women.

  3. gordon chung
    gordon chung June 14, 2016 at 1:00 am | | Reply

    1. i hope your husband will succeed in his fighting. i think it is going to be a very long process as IDS will probably drag it out for years.
    2. yes, racism is everywhere and some are very subtle. e.g. sometimes when i go through the grocery line, the cashier would greet the customer (the one in front of me ) with smile and say how are you and say thank you after the customer pays.
    when the cashier sees me, no greeting, no smile. after i pay, instead of saying thank you, he/she says there you go. sometimes i feel like saying i am not going anywhere until you say thank you, like you did with the customer before me. but then, people with prejudice would add additional ammunition to their attitude, saying that i am rude and blah blah blah, you know what i mean.
    3. it also reminds me what my sister in law told me about what happened when she was in university in the 1970s. yes i am THAT OLD !!! she said there was a chinese girle who scored As in all her subjects except this one course, she only got a C. she complaint to the Dept head and the Dept head stood by the professor’s decision. this chinese girl later found out that NO chinese got more than a C in this course. my sister in law said words spread out amongst chinese NOT to take course with this professor as they thought the professor was racist and i thought and still think they are right.

  4. hopelessmisanthrope
    hopelessmisanthrope June 14, 2016 at 2:00 am | | Reply

    With regard to the first thing, actually wrg especially to Asians, often racism is very overt as well as implicit. I think the racism and bigotry faced by blacks, Hispanics, etc are mostly implicit because there is such a social taboo and social stigma against expressions of such kinds of racism. With Asians there is no pressure against. It is very common and even encouraged by both left and right political leaning people, black and white etc to behave in racist ways towards Asians.

    The recent Academy Awards ceremony was a great example of this overt anti-Asian racism. While speaking against anti-black “racism” in hollywood, Chris Rock didn’t hesitate to make blatant racist jokes against Asians who are far more discriminated against than blacks in the film and TV industry. Furthermore, Sasha Baron-Cohen added to the anti-Asian racism with his jokes against Asian men. Imagine if an Asian had made jokes belittling the intelligence of blacks or the alleged moral inferiority of Jews on national TV, for example. How massive would be the outrage against that Asian and Asians in general? There is social pressure against some forms of overt racism and yet from the same sources there is often encouragement for other forms.

  5. Ruth - China Elevator Stories
    Ruth - China Elevator Stories June 14, 2016 at 6:29 am | | Reply

    I agree that modern racism comes in many forms, not just the obvious ones (I still encountered these latter forms of racism back home, but other kinds are quite prevalent too).

    Hope you’ll win this case both for the personal damage they have done to your husband as well as the more general one of discriminating against students who aren’t US-citizens.

  6. Nicki Chen
    Nicki Chen June 15, 2016 at 11:25 am | | Reply

    One of the lessons of your case is: There will always be racism, so sometimes you have to stand up and fight for yourself and for those who follow you. You and Jun have been courageous and determined, and you have suffered for it. I wish you a successful conclusion to your case.

  7. Jhonny
    Jhonny June 18, 2016 at 9:28 am | | Reply

    Do you know any amwf couples where the girls are 5’2 or under?

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