#NotYourAsianSidekick ignites massive conversation about race, stereotypes and feminism

"This is not a trend, this is a movement," tweets Suey Park, the writer and activist behind the hashtag

Topics: Feminism, Gender, sexuality, privilege, Identity, intersectionality, , ,

Twitter has hands down been one of the most dynamic, vital spaces for feminists in conversation in 2013. (And no, I don’t just mean the collective viewing experience of #Scandal, though that is pretty great, too.)

The latest in a number of recent hashtags (including #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen and #FastTailedGirls) to ignite a vibrant dialogue about race, gender, privilege, feminism and intersectionality is #NotYourAsianSidekick. Launched by writer and activist Suey Park over the weekend, the hashtag was about making “a space [for Asian-American, Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian women] to use our voices, build community, and be heard.”

Park was definitely heard, as the hashtag was used in more than 45,000 tweets (and counting) in a little over 24 hours. But like so many other conversations born on Twitter, it hasn’t stayed there. And it was never intended to end there, as Park noted in a tweet Monday morning about the hashtag: “This is not a trend, this is a movement. Everybody calm down and buckle down for the long haul, please.”

Included below is a brief roundup of some of what transpired over the weekend, but you can (and should) read the full conversation as it continues to unfold here.



 

 

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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