50 Years Later: Renewing the All-Inclusive Dream and March — and Thinking About Oprah’s Purse

By | August 20, 2013

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is coming up this weekend. And you can bet Asian-Americans will be there.

But sometimes I wonder if Asian-Americans aren’t left out of the mix unfairly.

The other day I heard a former colleague, the talk host Joe Madison on Sirius XM, discuss the march, and as he read off the march participants in what I like to call the ‘grand litany of peoples of color,” guess what?

He left out Asian-Americans.

He’s no different from others who have seen that much-ballyhooed fact that Asian-Americans are at the top of the heap with the highest household incomes in America, $66,000, compared to the $49,800 of the U.S. in general.

We’ve got it made right?

Not so fast. The income numbers are one-dimensional and don’t tell the whole story. In Asian-American families, more people tend to live in a household, thereby pumping up the income number. Eight to 10 people working fast-food shifts adds up, but isn’t quite “making it.” (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)

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