A Reminder About Our Not So Distant Past

As Asian American Heritage month draws to a close, I discovered a great article about the recent history of Asian Americans. It’s a history lesson provided by Jenn Fang on some of the recent discriminatory laws and events that have helped form the current landscape and views around Asians in America.

If you didn’t know it was legal to discriminate against Asians as recently as the late 1960s, you should catch up on these 10 Facts You May Not Know About Asian-American History. While the article covers many of the important reminders of how far we’ve come, it also leaves out one fact I like to recount to remind us how recently our freedoms and rights have come to Asians in America.

I’ve written elsewhere on 8Asians about how as late as 1968, it was legal to write in to CC&R’s, provisions to prevent Asians from buying homes in California and how the CC&R’s on my own home state that I’m not allowed to live in my house unless I’m a servant of the “Caucasian” owner.

Thanks Jenn for this great article and a great reminder of Asian American history.

(Photo Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives)

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About Tim

I'm a Chinese/Taiwanese-American, born in Taiwan, raised on Long Island, went to college in Philadelphia, tried Wall Street and then moved to the California Bay Area to work in high tech in 1990. I'm a recent dad and husband. Other adjectives that describe me include: son, brother, geek, DIYer, manager, teacher, tinkerer, amateur horologist, gay, and occasional couch potato. I write for about 5 different blogs including 8Asians. When not doing anything else, I like to challenge people's preconceived notions of who I should be.
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