Newest Asian ‘Real Housewives’ Use Heightened Visibility to Combat Anti-Asian Hate
A year ago Bravo had no Asians among its seven Real Housewives shows. Now the franchise's newest Asian cast - Jen Shah in Salt Lake City, Dr. Tiffany Moon in Dallas and Crystal Kung Minkoff in Beverly Hills - their increased visibility for speaking out against the recent surge in anti-Asian hate crimes and describing their own brush of discrimination, even on their own shows.
Last Friday, Bravo shared a message denouncing the rise in hate crimes: “As racist crime continues to increase in the AAPI community, we stand with our colleagues, partners and colleagues from Asia, America and the Pacific who oppose Racism and hatred are and violence. #StopAAPIHate #StopAsianHate. ”
Moon, Shah and Kung Minkoff not only expanded the post, but also detailed how anti-Asian racism affected their own lives - before and after the camera.
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For Dr. Moon, whose first season is currently airing, raised racism in the first episode. Moon, a Chinese immigrant, confronted Castmate Brandi Redmond with a racially insensitive video she posted mocking Asians (Redmond apologized several times for the video and checked into a spa). After clearing the air with Redmond, Moon invited her castmates to a Chinese dim sum restaurant, where she encouraged them to try chicken feet. Some expressed reluctance to try the dish during the episode. After the episode aired, Dallas housewife Kameron Westcott said she would rather eat chicken feet dog treats, which would lead to some outcry of occasional racism.
Moon related how a patient at her workplace recently asked about another (non-Asian) doctor. Moon was committed, but the incident sparked - like Redmond's video - an anti-Asian abuse that she was subjected to as a child. "One of the reasons I decided to take the opportunity to become a housewife was because I thought it would give me a platform and a voice," she told People. "That is my responsibility."
For Shah, racial discrimination was part of her story for the first season, which recently concluded. As a Tongan-Hawaiian educator of biracial black sons, Shah said she and her family were discriminated against in Salt Lake City. After explosive confrontations with her castmates, Shah revealed castmate Lisa Barlow that the reason she's so defensive is because of her upbringing.
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"I'm who I am because of my culture, what I've been through and where I'm from and how I grew up," Shan said. "I'm like this because I had to be. When I lived with all the whites in Utah, I had to fight and be defensive and always be ready to fight."
In an off-show interview, Shah discussed the dangers of labeling a woman of color like herself as “scary” (a version of the “angry black woman” stereotype) and how to instruct her black sons how to behave Prosecution. Shah replied in support of Bravo's message and previously also wrote about #BlackLivesMatter and #TransLivesMatter.
Kung Minkoff's season hasn't aired yet, but it's already one of the loudest Bravo stars against anti-Asian hatred. She posted an Instagram story about the range of violent attacks against Asian elders, as well as tools, including highlighting the community response group @compassioninoakland (which provides custodians for Asians in the Bay Area and plans to expand nationwide) and promoting hate crime coverage.
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Kung Minkoff, a Chinese American and mother of biracial children, wrote: “We worked our way up to the American Dream without publicly expressing our struggles with prejudice, racism and discrimination. It feels like this microaggression, xenophobia, and the entire myth of the minority model have normalized to the point that they are being overlooked. "
In addition to the official Bravo declaration, the housewives also supported a post with Asian housewives past and present including Tiffany Hendra (Dallas), Lisa Wu (Atlanta), Shah, Moon, Jules Wainstein (New York) and Kung Minkoff with the message " Stop AAPI Hate ":
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This is not the first time the network has denounced racism. Last summer, amid the protests against police brutality and criminal justice reform, Bravo broadcast a special “Race in America” in which the talents of the franchise companies “Real Housewives” and “Married to Medicine” share their experiences with the topic “Black in America " change.
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