Communities each have their own cultures. As a Chinese American, I've found that Chinatowns act as a "safe haven" for many who share an ethnic identity. Yet there's also a negative side to these communities; stereotypes exist for all cultural groups. An example: when I visited the South Bronx, a Hispanic woman stated that everyone seemed to view a predominantly Hispanic/Puerto Rican community as "dangerous." In reality, the crime rate wasn't particularly greater in that community than the crime rates in any other neighborhood in America. However, not many individuals were willing to see past that stereotype. Chinatowns have often been wrongly viewed as "breeding grounds" for the "model minority" as well. How do you think we can raise awareness of these social issues? Why is it important to challenge these dominant narratives?
Aug 13, 2017· Edited: Aug 13, 2017