Jeff Rosenstock - Beers Alone Again So don’t wait for me You’re better You’re fine when I’m alone. I can’t wait forever So I’m drinking beers again alone, all alone. Yeah, I’m drinking beers again alone.
According to the 2009 American Community Survey, there are fifteen million Asian-Pacific Americans who make up forty-three different ethnic groups and who originally came from twenty-eight Asian countries and fifteen Pacific islands. The “model minority” myth disregards the social and economic hardships faced by recently arrived Southeast Asian refugees, particularly the Hmong. In the 1990s, high school graduation rates were about 35 percent for Cambodian Americans, 36 percent for Lao Americans, and 58 percent for Vietnamese Americans— and all of these numbers are well below the overall average of 82 percent for Asian Americans as a whole. Due to the “model minority” myth, public schools do not even bother to record Asian-Pacific American student dropout rates; yet, at the time of the study, about half of Hmong female students dropped out of school before graduation (Walker-Moffat 1995; Xiong and Tatum 1999). A Hmong woman comments, “As Asian Americans, we face the ‘model minority’ myth that hurts so many Hmong because we have so many challenges.” In addition, since Hmong and other Asian Americans are perceived in American society as “strangers from a different shore,” the validity of their professional decision making is often put on trial. As a Hmong American female attorney attests, “As a prosecutor of color, people presumed I held a bias in favor of other people of color and could not prosecute a case neutrally without regard to race.”
“Women in the Hmong Diaspora” by Dia Cha
in Diversity in Diaspora: Hmong Americans in the Twenty-First Century(2013)
She’s on the western side looking at the Jersey skyline. She’s in a real bad mood so she couldn’t write back to you. She’s had the longest day and it’s a gridlocked highway. She’s in a real bad mood so she couldn’t write back to you. That poke at every bruise. Is she gonna write back to you? You’re an exhausted kid of fractured relationships. You wanna crush that gloom. Is she gonna write back to you? “Hey Allison! This city’s a total disaster without you around.” You spent the days inside avoiding social landmines “Hey Allison! This sudden detachment from friendship is making me ache.”