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Asian pride is an Asian-American youth-originated slogan.

The slogan is used as an appeal to the formation of a common, shared group-identity by people of East Asian, Southeast Asian and sometimes South Asian descent living in Western societies.

Background and Usage

Modern usage of the term originated among Asian American youth and is not widely recognized and/or particularly endorsed in Asia itself. This is greatly due to a distinctly low population of visibly non-Asian immigrants in Asian nations, thereby removing much of the motivation and incentive for an association with the term 'Asian pride' and its practices.

The term 'Asian pride' does not necessarily refer to an active political movement, and therefore currently holds no true political influence in any nations in which it may be present and/or considered "active."

Popularity Among Asian American Youths

Currently, Asian American youth are seen to be largest group of persons aware of the term, involved with the term and actively displaying characteristics related to the term and its respective practices.

Much of the term's recent popularity among Asian American youth is believed to have stemmed from lyrics by a popular rap song titled "Got Rice?" The song, Got Rice?, is an overlay of African American hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur's song "Changes, and preaches, in American rap-style, the claimed superiority of Asian values over those of other ethnic groups.[citation needed]

'Asian pride' is known to be often employed by Asian American youth to describe a sense of connection to other Asians, even if their countries of origin may potentially differ. The term 'Asian Pride' is often written in camelcase and/or spelled in variant forms such "AZN Pryde."

In North America, Asian pride is often exhibited by those with ancestry in East Asia, Southeast Asia or a combination of both. In Britain, the term appears not only with those whose ancestry originates from East Asia, Southeast Asia or a combination of both, but also by those with South Asian ancestry (as a result of a high South Asian immigrant population).[citation needed]

Criticisms

Internal Disagreement Between Asian Populations

Although the concept of "Asian Pride" is present in Overseas-Asian communities, those who have immigrated directly from Asia, as well as those who prefer to not associate themselves with the pride movement, are often unfamiliar with the term; however, generally do not show notable disagreement or hostility towards the term and/or the "movement." Most commonly, disagreement over the term 'Asian pride' and its most frequently observed practices, originate from ideologies of Indian nationalism, Pakistani nationalism, Chinese nationalism, Korean nationalism, and/or Japanese nationalism.

In this particular sense, the peoples of each respective nation do not necessarily support the generalization and association with other Asian groups as normally advertised and accepted by overseas Asian pride groups. Furthermore, some disagreement is said to have stemmed from both current and former negative relations between Asian nations. (See Anti-Japanese sentiment, Anti-Korean sentiment, Sinophobia, Indophobia).

Interpretations

Some counselors and social workers have interpreted the declaration of 'Asian Pride' to signify membership to gangs and a precursor to violence.[1]

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References

  1. Pyong Gap Min (July 2002). The Second Generation: Ethnic Identity among Asian Americans (Critical Perspectives on Asian Pacific Americans Series). AltaMira Press. p. 129. ISBN 978-0759101760. "More than once have I heard counselors and social workers at seminars declare that 'when gang kids talk about "Asian Pride"... beware! What they're actually up to is more trouble, more violence!'"
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