Dis­man­tle ‘model mi­nor­ity’ stereo­type

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As an Asian Amer­i­can woman, I sup­port ACA5 be­cause I be­lieve that af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion helps even out the play­ing field. I hope that one day our coun­try no longer re­quires af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion.

But un­til we reach that day, I don’t be­lieve that pit­ting mi­nor­ity groups against one an­other ben­e­fits any­one. There’s a be­lief in the Asian Amer­i­can com­mu­nity that your ap­pli­ca­tion will be held to a higher stan­dard by col­leges if you iden­tify as Asian.

The Asian “model mi­nor­ity” stereo­type is what un­for­tu­nately fu­els this per­cep­tion and has cre­ated the beast of higher ex­pec­ta­tions that the Asian Amer­i­can com­mu­nity com­plains about to­day.

From read­ing the leg­is­la­tion, ACA5 will sim­ply al­low eth­nic­ity to be one of the fac­tors con­sid­ered as a part of a com­plete ap­pli­ca­tion pack­age. The Asian Amer­i­can com­mu­nity should fo­cus on fight­ing the harm­ful “model mi­nor­ity” stereo­type, not af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion.

Niy­ati Narang, San Ma­teo

Cost of cel­e­bra­tion

Re­gard­ing “Pres­i­dent’s July 4 trip to Mt. Rush­more draws fire” (Na­tion, June 26): I noted in the ar­ti­cle by Stephen Groves that Pres­i­dent Trump hopes for a cam­paign rally at Mount Rush­more and that a fly­over of fighter jets and a fire­works dis­play would be in­volved.

Will the cost of fire preven­tion, fire ex­tin­guish­ing and fighter jets all be cov­ered by the cam­paign?

Bill Mor­ley, Atas­cadero, San Luis Obispo County

White­washed his­tory

“Decades of in­ac­tion led stat­ues to top­ple” (Heather Knight, Bay Area, June 28) was ex­cel­lent. I had cut out and saved Heather Knight’s col­umn “S.F.’S mon­u­ments to male supremacy” ( June 13, 2017).

In that col­umn, Knight had a link to a list of the 87 San Francisco stat­ues. I have used her col­umn to teach my English stu­dents from abroad about San Francisco’s past.

They al­ways ask. Visi­tors want to ex­pe­ri­ence our past in real life. Pub­lic art does that.

I have felt ham­pered. Our stat­ues do not pro­vide a jump­ing point for con­ver­sa­tion with a tourist ea­ger to prac­tice English.

In Amer­ica, we have am­ne­sia. I am tired of how Amer­ica sweeps its geno­cide un­der the car­pet of his­tory, as well as slav­ery, Na­tive Amer­i­cans on reser­va­tions and the Viet­nam War’s toxic chem­i­cal weapons.

Pub­lic mon­u­ments spur con­ver­sa­tions that reach be­yond the lim­ited mo­ment of the his­tory they em­body. We should do what is done in Berlin and erect mon­u­ments to re­sis­tors, mar­tyrs for free­dom and writ­ers who spoke out against a hor­rific past.

It’s time to teach visi­tors to our city the truth be­yond Amer­ica’s white­wash­ing.

Elizabeth Hei­d­hues, San Francisco

Nurs­ing home fail­ures

Re­gard­ing “Care homes still most vul­ner­a­ble” (Front Page, June 24): Thank you for shining a light on the tragic but avoid­able suf­fer­ing and deaths in nurs­ing homes be­cause of poor reg­u­la­tion of the an in­dus­try that puts prof­its over peo­ple.

With 40% of the deaths from this pan­demic oc­cur­ring in nurs­ing homes, this sit­u­a­tion cries out for thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a com­plete and to­tal change in the way older adults are cared for after hos­pi­tal­iza­tion and/or when their fam­i­lies need help car­ing for them.

The fail­ure of nurs­ing homes to ad­e­quately care for their res­i­dents was hap­pen­ing be­fore the pan­demic, but now it’s ob­vi­ous that the busi­ness model of el­der care does not work. We should de­mand the abo­li­tion of ware­hous­ing of our el­ders by busi­nesses that claim to care for them but ob­vi­ously do not.

Let’s put an end to this deadly process and de­mand that our elected of­fi­cials stop the flow of fed­eral funds to pri­vate nurs­ing homes; and in­stead, build pub­lic and non­profit nurs­ing homes that are de­signed and run for the ben­e­fit of the res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies; and/or as­sist fam­i­lies in tak­ing care of their own, their el­ders, so they can age in place.

Let’s do what we would want done for our­selves.

Art Per­syko, San Francisco

Fight virus glob­ally

As states across the coun­try be­gin to open, in­clud­ing Cal­i­for­nia, the con­tin­ued rise in cases of COVID­19 has made its con­tin­ued threat abun­dantly clear. While we are dis­cussing the many ways we can fight this virus do­mes­ti­cally, what could be added to the con­ver­sa­tion is how we can also be do­ing more to fight it abroad and how do­ing so may ac­tu­ally be a ben­e­fit to all.

As seen with the rapid spread of this virus across the world, pan­demics do not care about bor­ders. Out­breaks of COVID­19 are a threat to all, no mat­ter where they live. Mil­lions liv­ing in de­vel­op­ing na­tions such as Ye­men and Syria, are at in­creased risk of be­ing pushed into fur­ther ab­ject poverty as the COVID­19 out­break rav­ages through th­ese coun­tries. With more peo­ple in poverty, there will be less ac­cess to health care and ba­sic san­i­tary prac­tices.

This is why fight­ing COVID­19 ev­ery­where is so im­por­tant, be­cause this virus will no doubt con­tinue to spread from coun­try to coun­try if it is not dealt with ev­ery­where.

This pan­demic has caused a hu­man­i­tar­ian health cri­sis for coun­tries around the world. When it comes to fight­ing this virus we are truly in it to­gether.

Ma­bel Lock­man Ferguson, Emeryville

Jack Oh­man / Sacra­mento Bee

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