I understand people's instinct to stand by others in their community, but the anger and protests in support of Officer Peter Liang are misplaced. The only time I'd ever seen such a large rally of Asian Americans was in footage of my uncle Vincent Chin's case.
With the arrival this month of the 30th anniversary of the murder -- and after writing about the case for years -- I felt the need to hear Ebens express his sorrow with my own ears, so that I could put the case behind me. So I called him up, and he talked to me.
In a country that often sees race in terms of White America and Black America, like Latinos, Asian Americans live in a racial middle where we must choose between being Asian (or Chinese or Filipino or Indian) or American, but not both.
My parents left the city in search of safer neighborhoods, better education, and ultimately a better life for their children. The growing anti-Asian sentiment that nothing to convince them to stay. Tragically, I learned to internalize a fear of Detroit.