“One [of a series of studies], from the University of California at Los Angeles, generally found decreased prejudice among students with different-race roommates — but those who roomed with Asian-Americans, the group that scored the highest on measures of prejudice, became more prejudiced themselves.”
– New York Times, Interracial Roomates Can Reduce Prejudice
This article targeted more of the racial issues with African Americans and Caucasians, but the minute statement above is disappointing yet true. Most believe it is right to treat everyone equally, but actions may not follow what one thinks.
One reason for the high prejudice Asians have, but which can be debated, is the very few generations that the Asian community has in America. When the first significantly large group of Asians came over permenantly for the gold rush, they were looked down upon by others, and therefore were forced to form their own community. As time passed, the community shut themselves off from interacting with other ethnicities, creating a social barrier.
First impressions became lasting impressions as some Asians passed down the stories and opinions of how other Americans treated them. Today the extremity of this isolation evolved into a passive notion. Asian clubs exist in my school, and though I and many other Asians have a diverse social web, others choose to stick to other Asians, creating the big Asian clique every grade has in my school.
In my opinion, the two ways the world can become socially colorblind is through prohibiting influence and reaching out to everyone. Without influence, the only impression one can put on a race is through the people, not other’s opinions. And by socializing with everyone, diversity will be expected, not shunned.
Anthony Cheung, Oak Terrace Youth