My Trauma as an Asian American Woman on a College Debate Team

Trigger Warning: Anti-Asian Racism, Misogyny, Sexualized Racist Harassment

“Ching-chong on my ding-dong!” “Taku, taku, taku!” “Oh-ah! Me-ah so ho-ny!” These are words I heard every day as an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) woman on my predominantly white college debate team. To my face and in front of many teammates, they publicly discussed whether my vagina was sideways or if it might taste like sushi. I was casually told that certain white men in the activity “liked Asian women.” …

Debbie Lai

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