Michael, Murder, Edward discussed on Forum

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Ah, story. I just became a longer longer essay in which I kind of investigated into her. Death which was already you know, the court papers were online. It wasn't really that hard that the murderer was convicted already in jail. It was, but then I also talked to her brother. I talked to her friends. And it was interesting because a lot of the justification you heard from people was that they didn't want to disturb the family by talking about this, But in talking to her brother, it didn't seem like it. It disturbed him at all to be able to share his sister story. I mean, I think it was. Yeah, this sort of odd array sure of those circumstances. And, yeah, I think it was an honor ratio. And it was strange. Like what I heard. I think what I kept hearing. I mean, the essay is very much about silence in different kinds of silence around violence against women. But one reason that I kept hearing again and again is that They didn't want to sensationalize her life. They didn't want Teo, her artwork to be overshadowed by the story of a violent death. And this is why the curator is Frances. We're very careful about writing about her death, conceding one of sensationalizing turn her her and turn her into this kind of I don't know, like sit Sylvia Plath, her and him and him and Diatta type figure where it's all about her murder and nothing else which I completely understand. But out of those good intentions came this kind of silence, you know, and also I also heard that like family members, they didn't want to hurt the family members. And I also was wondering, you know, lot of these scholars are Asian American, and I was like What is it? Is it also something about the fact that these air Asian American scholars that they don't want to? But there are kind of afraid Tio broach the subject or, I don't know. I mean, that's that remains a kind of question, but her brother was very happy to talk to me. In fact, he wrote a memoir in Korean about her murder, and it was really quite moving and astounding talking to him. Again. We're talking with Hathaway. We're talking with Kathy Park Hong of minor feelings and Asian American reckoning. She's also a professor at Rutgers, Newark University and poetry editor for the new Republican Edward in Santa Barbara. Join us. Hi, Edward. Hi. So this is really interesting. And you know how you framed. This reminds me of microaggressions and I was lucky enough. Tio have Chester pairs of professor and, you know, so I was lucky enough to actually talk to him. Years and years ago about microaggressions and one of things. I think that happened over the years is that the white population in this country? Has dismissed what black people brown people are saying, because they just either deny it or avoid it and don't want to deal with it. And what happened recently, especially with George Floyd is There are all these videos now. You can't deny on. I think that's one of the reasons you're starting to see why people protesting, But the anything I wanted to say, is that In this country. People are basically brainwashed, and I know that's a very strong word. But The reason I say that if you think I think about how we're taught history in the public schools Um, it's distorted and it's inaccurate and there are things that are in the history of black and brown people and Asian people in this country that people don't know about that are very, very important. Andi. That's why, you know, I'm saying that we're brainwashed into this, Um, excuse the ironic term of whitewashed history of America. We're we're all influenced by that. Whether whether we're white, Black or brown. We all are influenced by that. Well, Edward. Thanks for sharing that perspective. Let me see if I can squeeze Michael from Brentwood in here. Hi, Michael. Go right ahead. Hi. Thank you for taking my call in waiting. I've been hearing a lot of things about, you know, horrible tragedy that befell the young woman being raped and murdered. I'm talking about what is Asian American identity, And I think the question or questions I have is one once we start talking about what is the what is the Asian American identity or what is the African American identity or the Caucasian? Already We're falling into a trap of abstraction, which inherently can lead to races were biased. And what I was into the discussion unfolding. I'm hearing things from horrible things happened. Individual that maybe are racially motivated. That's awful to systemic issues in society where these things have been going on for so long. It's baked into the process. There's no person to point at And say that person's doing something wrong is, you know zoning laws that have been in place for years? People aren't really aren't even aware of it. Or just the mo mentum of the system going along. So my question for the altar is really what is it you're trying to achieve here? You know, I'm unclear on what your goal is in communicating. Michael thinks it feels like it's all over the board. At the park Dong do you wantto Further go on this question of I guess one of things that I'm really struck by. Is that you? You decided not to say minor feelings, the Asian American identity you You called the subtitle, an Asian American identity, and I think that's an important thing to point out. Yeah, I would recommend reading the book if you want and what I'm trying to say on also, I would say that the book is you know you are not going to be able to get a sense of what I'm trying to say, just from conversation alone. So far. Let me stir with an example. You know, recent kind of current event example. You know, there was a there was a poll by the economist that came out of a racial great down of the people who were voting for by then, and there was there was white. Breakdown of white people. Black people and Latinos and on DH, then that's it. Um they're Asians were just not included, as they offer are not included..

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