Asian youth persistently harassed by U.S. peers

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Asian youth persistently harassed by U.S. peers

Unread post by Christina Marie » November 13th, 2005, 8:26 pm

Posted 11/13/2005 3:54 PM
Asian youth persistently harassed by U.S. peers

NEW YORK (AP) — Eighteen-year-old Chen Tsu was waiting on a Brooklyn subway platform after school when four high school classmates approached him and demanded cash. He showed them his empty pockets, but they attacked him anyway, taking turns pummeling his face.

Activist Khin Mai Aung says ethnic changes on high school campuses in the Brooklyn borough have increased tensions between Asian teens and their peers.
By Mary Altaffer, AP

He was scared and injured — bruised and swollen for several days — but hardly surprised.

At his school, Lafayette High in Brooklyn, Chinese immigrant students like him are harassed and bullied so routinely that school officials in June agreed to a Department of Justice consent decree to curb alleged "severe and pervasive harassment directed at Asian-American students by their classmates." Since then, the Justice Department credits Lafayette officials with addressing the problem — but the case is far from isolated.

Nationwide, Asian students say they're often beaten, threatened and called ethnic slurs by other young people, and school safety data suggest that the problem may be worsening. Youth advocates say these Asian teens, stereotyped as high-achieving students who rarely fight back, have for years borne the brunt of ethnic tension as Asian communities expand and neighborhoods become more racially diverse.

"We suspect that in areas that have rapidly growing populations of Asian-Americans, there often times is a sort of culture clashing," said Aimee Baldillo of the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium. Youth harassment is "something we see everywhere in different pockets of the U.S. where there's a large influx of (Asian) people."

In the last five years, Census data show, Asians — mostly Chinese — have grown from 5% to nearly 10% of Brooklyn residents. In the Bensonhurst neighborhood, historically home to Italian and Jewish families, more than 20% of residents now are Asian. Those changes have escalated ethnic tension on campuses such as Lafayette High, according to Khin Mai Aung, staff attorney at the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, which is advocating for Lafayette students.

"The schools are the one place where everyone is forced to come together," Aung said.

Brooklyn's changes mirror Asian growth nationally. Between 1980 and 2000, the number of Asians and Pacific Islanders grew from 3.7 million to nearly 12 million. After Latinos, Asians are the nation's fastest-growing ethnic group.

Stories of Asian youth being bullied and worse are common. In recent years:

• A Chinese middle schooler in San Francisco was mercilessly taunted until his teacher hid him in her classroom at lunchtime.

• Three Korean-American students were beaten so badly near their Queens high school that they skipped school for weeks and begged to be transferred.

• A 16-year-old from Vietnam was killed last year in a massive brawl in Boston.

Some lawmakers have responded. The New York City Council, after hearing hours of testimony from Asian youth, last year passed a bill to track bullying and train educators on prevention. Also last year, California Assemblywoman Judy Chu won passage of a new law to allow hate crimes victims more time — up to three years — to file civil suits; the bill was inspired by a 2003 San Francisco incident in which five Asian teens were attacked by a mob of youth.

In August, the Oakland-based Asian Pacific Islander Youth Violence Prevention Center organized a first-ever conference on the subject in Sacramento. Isami Arifuku, assistant director of the center, said she expected about 200 participants but nearly double that number attended.

Experts offer several broad explanations for the bullying problem.

In the broadest strokes, Baldillo said, Asian youth are sometimes small in stature and often adhere to cultural mores urging them to avoid confrontation and focus on academics. Many don't report bullying because they fear repercussions or don't want to embarrass their families, she added.

Language barriers also exacerbate the situation. "I have to hear, '(Expletive) Chinese!' at least three times a day, and they always say it to people who look weaker and don't speak English," said Rita Zeng, 19 and a senior at Lafayette High. The parents of limited-English students often have little access to translators and struggle to advocate for their children, Aung said.

Chen Tsu described his beating in April at a subway station, saying through a translator: "Those guys looked like they could kill somebody. ... I was scared to go back to school."

Increasingly, some victims are fighting back. A 2003 California survey by the Services and Advocacy for Asian Youth Consortium found that 14% of Asian youth said they join gangs for protection. Department of Justice school crime data found the number of Asian youth carrying weapons nearly tripled from 1999 to 2001.

"There are more Asian kids being brought to juvenile court for assault and battery," Arifuku said. "The thing we're finding in their history is that they had been picked on — called names and teased — and in some cases they lashed out and retaliated."

Advocates and students say that, typically, large fights erupt after weeks or months of verbal taunting.

That's what happened at Edison High School in Fresno, Calif., according to Malcolm Yeung of the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. For months starting late last year, Hmong students had been repeatedly called names and had food thrown at them.

"There had been patterns of this happening over and over again," said Yeung, whose group investigated the case on behalf of Asian students. "But the school had overlooked the issue."

On Feb. 25, the lunchtime taunting escalated into fights involving at least 30 students, according to Susan Bedi, spokesman for Fresno Unified School District. Seven students were treated for injuries, 12 were suspended and two faced expulsion, she said. Eight were convicted of misdemeanor assault, said Fresno police Sgt. Anthony Martinez.

This year, officials at Edison High added more security and started an on-campus human relations council to address ethnic tension, Bedi said.

At Lafayette High, tension has long been high on campus and in surrounding areas, said Steve Chung, president of the United Chinese Association of Brooklyn, whose group was founded in late 2002 after an earlier student beating. That incident "was like the ignition — it started a fire" in the community.

The student, a straight-A senior, was thrashed to unconsciousness while anti-Chinese slurs were yelled at him. Some news reported dubbed the school "Horror High," and Chinese students began going public about the problem.

"The more we dug into Lafayette High School, the more we found," Chung said.

Aung's probing revealed that school administrators seemed reluctant to intervene, translation services for parents and students was spotty and teachers who reported the problems may have been punished.

School officials say some reports were exaggerated. But "the problems there went back many, many years," said Michael Best, general counsel for New York City schools. Since signing the consent decree in June, he said, "the situation at the school in our view is very, very different." A Justice Department spokesman agreed that the school has been "very responsive."

Teachers this year are getting training to curb harassment, translation services throughout the district have been beefed up, and race relations experts are working with students and staff on campus, deputy New York schools chancellor Carmen Farina said.

Last year, Lafayette's longtime principal retired, and many are optimistic about the new principal, Jolanta Rohloff. In addition, new vice principal Iris Chiu is fluent in Chinese and working closely with parents and students. "We actively sought someone that we knew could handle the delicacy of the school," Farina said.

Still, she said, an incident already has been reported since school started: An Asian student was attacked by several classmates on his way to the subway. He suffered minor injuries.


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Unread post by se11 » November 13th, 2005, 9:01 pm

good article.

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Unread post by perongregory » November 13th, 2005, 9:07 pm

there going to make clicks, be down, and join an existing asian gang, or make their own. Many gangs start like this.

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Unread post by Tyrant » November 13th, 2005, 10:42 pm

i'm viet and no foo runs up to me trying to punk me

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Unread post by 100 » November 14th, 2005, 12:55 pm

THIS KIND OF LOOKS LIKE MY CITY ASIANS ARE GROWING BUT THERE HAVE BEEN NO TENSIONS AS OF YET MY SIDE OF TOWN IS PREDOMINATE BLACK AND THE LARGEST LAND MASS OF THE CITY AND ASIANS HAVE BEEN COMING OUT OF THE WOOD WORK.

SOME PEOPLE DON'T LIKE JUST AS SOME PEOPLE IN BROOKLYN DON'T LIKE IT THEY PROBABLY SEE IT AS AN INVASION TO TAKE OVER THERE NEIGHBORHOODS AND MOVE THEM OUT..........



WHO ARE THESE ASIANS CLASHING WITH IN BKLN?
DO THEY CLICK UP WITH INDIANS AND PAKIS?

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Unread post by BIG DUSTY LOCO » November 15th, 2005, 11:52 am

Those asians are going to have to learn how to fight back. Simple as that. Don't be no punk, walk with your head up, and throw some blows back.

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Unread post by Christina Marie » November 15th, 2005, 11:58 am

I have'nt noticed this as an issue where I live. I am older though and it very well could be a problem in the schools/ with the younger crowd.

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Unread post by Trey » November 16th, 2005, 5:05 am

im glad i live in a city where asians are majority in high schools and in the streets.. well im out of high school but when i was in it 80% of my school was asian or brown (east indian) and it was the exact opposite of this article, we picked on and beat the minorities (whites, no black ppl in vancouver)

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Unread post by George » November 16th, 2005, 6:31 am

Tiny Rascalz and Asian Boys/z part 2!!!

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Unread post by George » November 16th, 2005, 6:36 am

Fuck Hot 97!!! Let that station burn down to the ground...

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Unread post by George » November 16th, 2005, 7:41 am

Scapegoats gonna hurt you back with their horns people!!!

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Unread post by punamusta » November 16th, 2005, 8:44 am

BIG DUSTY LOCO wrote:Those asians are going to have to learn how to fight back. Simple as that. Don't be no punk, walk with your head up, and throw some blows back.
.....or join in the gang like some have done and come back with a gun?

No. That's not the right way.

Last week I met an old childhood friend of mine first time in tree years and we drank and smoked together and he told me how he was going into prison soon, because he had beated one guy very badly with a broken beer bottle scaring his face with tens of cuts and a broken skull bones. That friend of mine had always been a smart and a good hearted guy although his childhood was very rough. He told me that at one point he just got fed up with people trying to punk him because he tried to be nice to everyone, so he started to fight back. And because of that he's now going into the prison.


So you need to find other ways to solve these problems than encourage everyone to fight back as it only means more dead people and more people in jail. More important is to solve these racial tension problems you obviously got there a lot before anyone needs to fight with each others. People need to see thru the media-created stereotypes of different nationalities, and start to treat people as an individuals.

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Unread post by MiChuhSuh » November 16th, 2005, 10:41 am

crstnamre wrote:I have'nt noticed this as an issue where I live. I am older though and it very well could be a problem in the schools/ with the younger crowd.
YOU ARE IN LONG BEACH AND YOU HAVEN"T NOTICED THIS?!?!?!??!

But, ya it is the younger crowd, look up Tiny Raskals Gang and Asian Boyz, they actually starteed for this very reason, harrassment by the Longos.

And George, ya I know what you mean.

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Unread post by MiChuhSuh » November 16th, 2005, 10:46 am

George wrote:fu-- Hot 97!!! Let that station burn down to the ground...
Why, what did they do? Seriously, I didn't even know this Asian gang stuff got that much media attention.

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Unread post by 100 » November 16th, 2005, 11:28 am

George wrote:fu-- Hot 97!!! Let that station burn down to the ground...

WHYS SAY THAT? DID NT THAT ASIAN HOST SAY SOME THINGS ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE TOO.

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Unread post by Cold Bear » November 16th, 2005, 11:40 am

NO she didn't . Miss Info just said she wasn't with them saying chinks on the radio like that no matter how much it's supposed to be 'just a joke', because Miss Info is Asian herself. Well then Miss JOnes and the other guy just started saying "you just think you're better because you're Asian" and "I'm gonna go shoot some Asians" etc. It's just BS to get ratings man, the execs will tell you the more drama the better just look at Star and Buckwild. But at no point did any Asian host say anything about Black people though, you got the story twisted.

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Unread post by George » November 17th, 2005, 7:56 am

Cause the "Tsunami Song" was not funny and it was offensive to me. Any radio station that even has the nerve to bring up such a "joke" should be burned down.

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Unread post by 100 » November 18th, 2005, 3:52 pm

Cold Bear wrote:NO she didn't . Miss Info just said she wasn't with them saying chinks on the radio like that no matter how much it's supposed to be 'just a joke', because Miss Info is Asian herself. Well then Miss JOnes and the other guy just started saying "you just think you're better because you're Asian" and "I'm gonna go shoot some Asians" etc. It's just BS to get ratings man, the execs will tell you the more drama the better just look at Star and Buckwild. But at no point did any Asian host say anything about Black people though, you got the story twisted.
naw im not talking about that same day there was something where she and that asian lady clashed and she sida something about black people.


and lets not forget that game those asians made about black people" real smart"

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Unread post by thonkoboy2000 » March 25th, 2008, 3:15 pm

TRG was formed exactly cuz of this

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Unread post by flame_guards_member1 » April 9th, 2008, 4:10 pm

Are you fuckin' kidding me? I'm a white youth who was harrassed by Asian youths in the 7th grade.

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Unread post by 61deuce » April 10th, 2008, 12:44 am

flame_guards_member1 wrote:Are you fuckin' kidding me? I'm a white youth who was harrassed by Asian youths in the 7th grade.
I guess it all depend on where your from. Didn't had any problem with any race when I was going to school. Only time was when a group of Equadorian started beefing with some of my friends ... Couple fights broke off but nothing serious because the Equadorian was way out-number.

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Unread post by ridincitiesforever » April 30th, 2009, 12:52 am

Wow, reminds me of what I had to endure when I was a youth. Not just Hispanics that harassed me but Asian Americans also. Those kids on the article are the ones that didn't fight back, I did almost all the time. Sometimes, the results were real ugly.

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Unread post by Richboy17 » May 13th, 2009, 2:39 pm

Wow this shit happens in the Bronx too i dont know of now but back in the late 90's Asians were getting picked on and punked by the black and hispanic kids. I dont know how it is in Cali but in NY alot of them are soft, they either twinkies or fobs. The ghetto ones are the only ones that fight if they have 15 kids behind their back. Queens is probably the only borough with tough asians since alot of them reside in Jackson Heights,Elmhurst, and Flushing. There the blacks and hispanic kids cant punk them.

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Unread post by FelonOne » May 28th, 2009, 7:05 pm

damn, on the west not that much ghetto asian kids getz punked...they punk back

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