|New York Times Korean writer Jay Kang should be fired for writing|
"Asians are the loneliest Americans. The collective political consciousness of the ’80s has been replaced by the quiet, unaddressed isolation that comes with knowing that you can be born in this country, excel in its schools and find a comfortable place in its economy and still feel no stake in the national conversation. The current vision of solidarity among Asian-Americans is cartoonish and blurry and relegated to conversations at family picnics, in drunken exchanges over food that reminds everyone at the table of how their mom used to make it. Everything else is the confusion of never knowing what side to choose because choosing our own side has so rarely been an option. Asian pride is a laughable concept to most Americans."
Recently, I read that scientists and doctors diagnosed loneliness as a major threat to the health of all Americans. I believe that if we all first learn to like doing adventurous pastimes like trying new restaurants by ourselves, then we can eventually connect with new friends later in life. It is not American society's responsibility to cure the loneliness syndrome of Chinese-Americans.