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COLUMN: Asian women overcome racist stereotypes, help make culture more accepting

Asian women are rising up as influential artists, overcoming the racist stereotypes hindering their ability to achieve success as prominent figures in society.

Society continues to evolve with ever-changing expressions of identity and conformity. Although beliefs in ethnicity are not as archaic as they once were, they still remain a burden, especially to Asian women in the U.S.

In the past, it was not uncommon to believe women were at the foot pedestal of men, recognized as homemakers and nothing more. But being Asian puts the role of these women in a more negative light.

Asian women are often placed in boxes based on their skin color, the supposed strict cultures they live in and stereotypical cultural identifiers. However, these factors should not limit how women should be perceived by society.

Asian American women are making a name for themselves as people who shine in their differences in all forms of art.

Take Kris Aquino, a Filipino-Chinese actress and businesswoman who demonstrates her diverse skills as a Chinese princess in the film “Crazy Rich Asians” and  a morning talk show host for Kris TV from 2011-2016.

Asian women continue to be prominent influences in music. 

According to Hanan Haddad at Elle Magazine, Korean-American singer and rapper Jessi became known for her outspoken nature in the rap competition show “Unpretty Rapstar” in 2015. This was considered unusual as it is a Korean stereotype for women to be more timid and gentle in nature. 

However, Jessi speaking her mind and being herself is an attribute Asian women in this generation need. It will help dissipate the idea that these women are weak.

Speaking of stereotypes, one major change for Asian women is the ability to showcase their independence without being identified as the daughter who gained riches and fame due to a wealthy trust fund.

Heart Evangelista, who is a Filipino woman, is not defined by this stereotype. Although she comes from a wealthy family, she is the epitome of earning her own success. 

Her personal YouTube channel, Love Marie Escudero, shares her views on working hard and saving money as well as enjoying Fashion Week and modeling. According to GMA Entertainment’s website, she highlights her role as an investor and co-owner of the Harlan Beach Resort in Boracay.

Asian women are crucial in eliminating the racist stereotypes that hid them in the background, and putting the spotlight on Asian women around the world.

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