You decide p2: Upworthy and the Asian Angle

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Upworthy is a popular news and media site that publishes easy-to-read articles on social issues, well-written with a feel-good flavour.

However I felt concerned by an article on their Facebook feed. I wondered, huh. Why the Asian angle?

Check it out.


Upworthy’s title:

“Kid uses hashtag to call out bigotry against Asian-Americans and wins the Internet.”

What was the bigotry against Asian-Americans?

Upworthy continued:

“That’s his Asian-American story. And it’s the kind of not-so-easy to summarize story that’s often erased from political discussions. That’s especially the case when politicians like Donald Trump and Jeb Bush use the pejorative term “anchor babies” — usually implying that non-citizens come to the U.S. to give birth in order to take advantage of public benefits in the country.”

So we’re talking about Trump and Bush using the term “anchor babies”.

“That’s why 15-year-old Fong, after hearing Jeb Bush’s comments about the “problems” stemming from “Asian people coming into our country” (back when Bush was a presidential candidate), decided to help illuminate what “our country” really looks like for Asian-Americans.”

Ok, so using the term “anchor babies” is the act of “bigotry against Asian-Americans”?

Bigotry: stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.  –

Clicking on the link in Upworthy paragraph 3, leads to a CNN article.


“Bush’s comments — as controversial as they were — are partially based on truth.

There is a very real phenomenon of parents from Asian countries coming to the United States while they are expecting a baby with the intent of securing American citizenship for their offspring.
But there are no reliable statistics on how widespread the “maternity tourism” trend is and which foreign nationals participate most in the phenomenon in the United States.
In countries like China, companies and agents arrange for parents to travel to the U.S. and act as liaisons with so-called “birth houses” here. At these facilities, the Asian parents are given various means of support around the birth of their child, including hospital visits and shopping.
Gary Chodorow, an immigration lawyer based in China, said he has seen a “very obvious” boom in recent years of Chinese parents seeking to give birth in the U.S. Many of his clients look for his guidance on navigating U.S. immigration laws.
“In China, this is a big business,” Chodorow said. “Oftentimes, people who have participated in this and had a child in the U.S. will have serious immigration problems.”

Question 1:

Why is pointing out a “real phenomenon” (according to Upworthy’s own link), bigotry against Asian-Americans?

Upworthy goes on:

Bush’s comments — and the troubling mindset they represent — make elevating stories of Asian-American immigrants and their descendants all the more important.

Question 2:

Why do Jeb Bush’s comments make it more important to elevate Asian-American stories?

You decide.

Feel free to disagree. More free thought the better.



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