Asian Privilege: Racial Income Inequality is a Fact!
I’m sure you’d agree that, at a bare minimum, there are racial biases in our society. So not necessarily down-right hatred (although we’re seeing a ton of that these days), but at least there are a fair amount of preconceived notions and biases within our social groups, in the marketplace, in our schools, politics, in media, and practically everywhere else that we can think of.
But do you know the actual facts and figures behind how big this inequality gap is?
Here are the Facts
Here’s what the statistics show, as plain as day: look at these staggering racial differences! Now, can you really argue with the numbers? This is what’s really going on around you whether you agree with it or not! You can’t argue with facts!
Is There No Racism Against Asians Within Our Society?
Maybe seeing the numbers like this may make you think that there are no prejudices, racism, and/or at least biases against Asians within American society. That would be ridiculous. Look, we all have biases. We are all comfortable with what’s familiar and uncomfortable with what we’re not used to.
Asians are a very small percentage of the US population. And outside the big urban areas, we’re practically non-existent which is also one of the reasons why I think Asians tend to make more because we congregate in bigger cities where the wages are inherently higher.
Just trust me when I say (and I’m sure other Asians would agree with me), Asians get hated on and discriminated against too, so don’t believe for one second that we have an “ethnic privilege” for being Asian.
Cultural Shame and Tiger Parenting Within Asian Culture
Principles That You Can Adopt from Asian Culture
Here are some tried-and-true success principles, from Asian culture, that you can incorporate into your own life and encourage in the lives of your loved ones:
- Maintain a consistent and samurai-like razor focus and discipline; no comprises!
- Have high expectations for yourself and for others; and hold firm to these standards!
- Take total responsibility of your own situation, and pursue that “A” grade (in life)!
- Have a sense of duty to yourself, your life, your own family, and your society!
- Be proud in spirit. Hold your self-worth in high esteem and honor.
What You Need to Avoid When Practicing These Principles
With the good, there always comes some bad right? Because even good things, when taken to an extreme, can be bad for you. So here are some repercussions that you should avoid, while you’re incorporating some of these success principles from Asian culture:
- Yes, you need to exercise discipline, but don’t forget to enjoy the process! What’s the point if you’re hating every second of it?
- Forgive yourself if you fall short of expectations; look, it happens to all of us. It’s ok. Forgive yourself and move on!
- Yes, take full responsibility for your actions and circumstances; but sometimes, life just happens. You don’t need to be perfect!
- Have a zealot-like duty to provide for your family; but know that life is not a zero-sum game. So compete only with yourself. You’re your biggest test!
- It’s critical to have a proud and unwavering spirit. But be humble, and don’t let your proud feelings morph into arrogant pride!
Why I’m Not Talking About African American, Latino, and even White Poverty, Socioeconomic Differences, and Racial Discrimination
Look, I get it. If you’re black, you might be thinking, “dude, this guy doesn’t get what we had to endure through or our history” or if you’re latino, you might think “man, we work harder than all of you guys and we still have to prove ourselves” (which is true, I have some Mexican friends who can out-hustle everyone I know), or if you’re white, you may be thinking “look, we get discriminated against too, in today’s day, it’s called reverse racism.”
Look, I’m not trying to downplay anyone here, or what people go through.
My firm belief is that God created all of us equal. End of story.
Here’s why I’m not going into all the complexities about racial relations, America’s history, and socioeconomic challenges in our society today. It’s because those things all exist. I agree that they exist, and in no way am I trying to minimize the hardships of other ethnicities.
What I’m trying to do, is give my perspective, being an Asian American immigrant (who came from missionary parents with zero money), and to share some of the unique perspectives and even weaknesses that Asian culture in particular brings to the table.
I’ve already pointed out clearly above, in the beginning paragraph, that racism and biases exist. It’s ugly, but it’s a part of human nature. And being born in a poor background or in a broken family: these are all highly negative environmental influences; but again, I don’t want to focus on what you can’t change. You can’t change the circumstances in which you were born. But you can change your direction, because that’s your choice to make.
Harvard Annual Review of Sociology – Immigration and Ethnic and Racial Inequality in the United States
Pew Research Center – 5 Key Takeaways About Views of Race and Inequality in America
CNN – Why Tiger Moms Are Great
What are your thoughts on the obvious racial inequalities in income levels here in the US? Do you believe we need to do something about this inequality at a national level, or at an individual level or community-level, or a combination of all three? And lastly, do you agree or disagree with anything I’ve said, why or why not?