In 2020, at least 18 Asian Americans were killed in unprovoked attacks by strangers.

I’m guessing the majority of you cannot recall a single name. Here, let me help you out:

  • Weizhong Xiong
  • Huayi Bian
  • Dy Douangkeo
  • Kim Phok
  • Rodney Hu
  • Kelvin Chew
  • Susie Zhao
  • Fahim Saleh
  • Tam Dinh Tran
  • Yogesh Patel
  • Sarmistha Sen
  • Fu Tian Yan
  • Ee Lee
  • Matthew Choi
  • Chung Silk Kim
  • Khiem Ba Trinh
  • Minh Nguyen
  • Shuai Guan

Even if you try as hard as you can to avoid the media, I’m sure the majority of you can name at least one. …

Before you get upset and say that I’m not taking this seriously, I don’t mean “so what?” as in this doesn’t matter.

I mean “so what?” as in, after this heinous act, how should we think about what actions led to the environment that encouraged this shooter to go on his hate-driven rampage. We should think more thoughtfully about what conversations we should be having rather than just accepting however the mass media is telling us how to think about this.

By now, you might have seen the headlines of the shooter who went on a mass rampage shooting spree…

How can other writers avoid censorship on Medium

Okay — let’s not get into a big argument on what is the official definition of censorship. We all know that the real way that these major tech and media platforms are able to influence the content on their sites and therefore, public opinion is putting their hands on the scale of distribution.

I’ve written a few dozen articles on Medium now, some more controversial than others. Controversial defined here as what is not considered the standard mass media narrative. These articles have a range in terms of how controversial they are and a range of what their quality is…

Not saying that the other candidate is better

Two old white men yelling at each other

We’re less than two weeks away from the US election. I know that this article is being posted on Medium so there’s probably something like a one in a million chance of you supporting Trump.

Don’t worry — this is not a post about supporting Trump.

We all already know what a tragedy having four years of Trump has been. And so the response has been to rally around Biden just to get Trump out of office. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t, but we should all be aware of what is the true cost of rallying around Biden.

  1. He’s…

Time for some education

Pick anyone you know and ask them this question: name me three Black people who were unjustly murdered. I’m willing to bet anything that that person will be able to name three names easily.

Now, with the same person, ask them this question: name me just one Asian person who was unjustly murdered. I’m willing to bet anything that that person will be left speechless.

The thought experiment is this.

Is the lack of awareness around Asian suffering more the result of people not caring and lack of media coverage? Or is it because it just doesn’t happen?

Rest assured…

Not that I’m downplaying how bad the virus is

I get it — COVID is bad. Especially here in the US where despite spending the most on healthcare and having the most sophisticated citizen tracking tools, the numbers are still atrocious and getting worse day by day.

The case count and the death count is the highest in the world — even if you control by population size, things still don’t look that much better.

Obviously, some of this is self induced and caused by people themselves. People can socially distance better. People can actually follow quarantine follows. People can wear masks. …

Whatever you imagine, it’s even worse

No matter who you are, you’ve probably had to experience at least a few hard things this year as a result of COVID. Perhaps, you lost a family member or a close friend. Perhaps, the business that you spent the last few decades building fell into disarray over the course of a few weeks. Perhaps, you had to put off major life events or milestones to protect yourself and others from the disease. It’s not been an easy time for any of us.

I’m Asian American. And I have plenty of friends and family who are also Asian American. …

The oppressed becomes the oppressor

You’re angry. I get it. How could someone dare to call out Black Americans when they face so much systemic racism?

And this is exactly what Black privilege is — somehow, being a victim to someone else’s privilege means that you cannot exercise your own form of privilege over others.

Before, I begin, I need to put out some disclaimers (which I wouldn’t need to do if this was an article calling out almost literally any other group, which again itself is an example of Black privilege).

I am not saying all Black people are bad. I am not saying…

Yes, we can still talk about this while supporting BLM

I grew up in a poor inner city neighborhood in the 90s. Like many poor inner city neighborhoods, the racial makeup of the city leaned heavily Black. But by no means were the poor only Black — there was enough poverty and hardship to go around for all races living there. Poor Asians, Latinos, Whites — you name it, we had it.

As is the case for many poor Chinese, my family worked in one of those Chinese takeout restaurants — the ones that you see on every city block where the menu and food is fairly identical to the…

What the facts tell us

There are few things in the world more disingenuous than people making up stories to fit their own narrative of how the world works. Sometimes, I truly question whether they really feel a certain way about something, or they are truly just that desperate to twist the facts in their favor. This is why I love the stock market.

The stock market is the world’s largest betting market. In the stock market, you put your money where your mouth is. No one dares to follow a nonsense story with no facts because if you do, you will lose your money.

Ken Dow ✈️

Asian American dude // left the US and never looked back

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