Asian-American hairdressinger says he is ‘terrified’ by backlash from Asian community
Asian-Americans, especially women, are being targeted by a new wave of harassment in the Asian community, and a new business is responding to the growing problem with a line of Asian-themed clothing.
In an article in the Los Angeles Times, American hairdo artist Kim Ji Lee writes that she has been subjected to racially insensitive comments and a host of other inappropriate comments over the past several years and that she believes the backlash has been a catalyst for her new business, Asian-Dress.
Lee says she first became aware of the growing backlash after a male friend posted a comment on Instagram saying she was “not good enough” for a white man.
Lee said that when she saw the comment, she was devastated.
“I immediately went to my friends, who told me it was all an act,” Lee told The Associated Press.
Her friend, Lee said, then called her and told her that the comment was taken out of context and that Lee was a white woman.
The comments also came from a friend of Lee’s, who is black, Lee told the AP.
As a result, Lee’s friends told her to change her name, and Lee did so.
She said that she had no idea that her friend was making those remarks and that her new clothing line was created to give Asian-women an alternative.
A spokesperson for the business told The AP that the company has been receiving “a ton of hateful, hateful comments” about the Asian-inspired line.
She said the company is also receiving death threats and has been called a “disgusting, disgusting, ugly, horrible person.”
Lee said the line was launched in early 2018, and that it has been the subject of hate mail from people who do not agree with the product and who do their best to make sure they are not perceived as the only Asian person in the store.
Asian-American and Hispanic-American women make up nearly 30 percent of the U.S. Asian population, according to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and they have been targeted by racist, sexist comments and bullying online.
In September, a man said he wanted to kill the “angry Asian woman” who had recently opened an Asian-centric clothing store in an upscale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The man also threatened to “kill your mom and sister” and said, “you don’t understand what the hell is going on.
This is your country.”
In February, a Facebook user in Virginia wrote that the “Asian woman is the only one who needs to be shut up.”
In May, a woman in Washington, Pa., posted that Asian women were the “most hated people in this country.”
And in June, a Washington, DC, woman posted that “the Asian women are the most oppressed.”
As Lee writes in the article, she began designing the line in October and launched it in March.
While the company offers a range of Asian clothes and accessories, the clothing line also includes accessories for Asian women to wear with their hairstyles.
Lee says she has received support from several members of the Asian communities in Washington D.J., and the company also has received positive reviews.
Despite the growing number of racist comments and death threats, Lee believes the company can overcome these obstacles.
“It is something that I have always been passionate about and I have been working on it for years,” Lee said.
“But at the end of the day, I am just trying to do what is right.”