Op-Ed by Professor Chai: How Asian Women Are Relentlessly Objectified in American Culture

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 14:09
May-lee Chai smiling in front of a bookshelf in The Poetry Center

LOS ANGELES TIMES -- May-lee Chai, an associate professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, is the author most recently of “Useful Phrases for Immigrants.”

“The most recent example of this objectification of Asian women’s bodies came after six Asian women were shot and killed Tuesday in Georgia. A captain in the sheriff’s department in Cherokee County said of the white gunman at a news conference Wednesday: ‘Yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did,’” Chai wrote. “Press reports have said that the suspect ... claimed he had a ‘sex addiction,’ as if that would excuse murdering Asian women.”

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