Phil Yu’s conversation yesterday with NPR about his blog, ‘Angry Asian Man,’ shows that part of the Asian American responsibility is simply educating others about what goes on in this community, good and bad.
The blog shows the internet world what Asian Americans care about rather than focusing on just racial issues.
More mild-mannered than expected for the creator of an 'angry’ blog, Yu covers everything from his first major racist encounter to his dream for the Asian American community in 10 minutes.
The idea of an angry Asian anything is kind of an affront to people’s general perceptions of Asians in America. I think a lot of time we get pegged as very subservient, docile, passive. You know we are often painted as the model minority. We’re to keep our head down and not make waves, not rock the boat. And I just thought the name ‘Angry Asian Man’ was a little bit provocative when people see it. They go 'whoa, this is not a concept that I’m used to.’ And I thought it’s okay for Asians to speak up. It’s okay for us to stand up and get angry about things in the face of injustice.