Asian pride

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In the United States, Asian pride (also spelled AZN pride) is a positive stance to being Asian American. The term arose from influences of hip hop culture within Asian American communities in the Western United States due to the creation of an Asian American pan-ethnicity (the concept was influenced in the late 20th century due to the influence of publications such as Yolk and Giant Robot magazines) that did not specify a specific ethnicity (such as Vietnamese, or Hmong).[1][2] Younger Asian Americans are finding strength from their Asian identity.[3] However, the pan-ethnicity Asian American concept is not embraced by many Asian Americans in the United States.[4]

The term has been adopted by Filipino American gang members in Los Angeles, who used the term to assist them in their construction of their ethnic identity.[5] It has also been used as the name of a gang in Florida[6][7] and Colorado.[8]

International usage[edit]

Asian pride is a broad term that can cover several topics. Within the international relations context, Asian pride can be seen within Asian politics as advancement of Asianism through heavy criticism of the West.[9][10]


  1. ^ DiMaggio, Paul; Fernández-Kelly, María Patricia (2010). Art in the Lives of Immigrant Communities in the United States. Rutgers University Press. p. 135. ISBN 9780813547572. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Nguyen, Jason R. (2010). "Pan Asian Americans: "Got Rice?"". In Nadeau, Kathleen; Lee, Jonathan H.X. Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife, Volume 1. ABC-CLIO. p. 68. ISBN 9780313350672. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Chou, Rosalind S. (2012). Asian American Sexual Politics: The Construction of Race, Gender, and Sexuality. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 182. ISBN 9781442209244. 
  4. ^ Wong, William (2001). Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America. Maping Racisms. Temple University Press. p. 187. ISBN 9781566398305. Retrieved 20 December 2012. The Asian pride arguement is not realistic in these times, at least in most cities and especially at state and national levels. For one thing, what is "Asian Pride"? There is a pan-Asian sentiment among some Asian Americans. Many Americans of Asian background, though, don't embrace the vague "Asian American" sobriquet. The identity label of choice rangers from plain old "American" to particular Asian ethnicity. 
  5. ^ Alsaybar, Bangele D. (2002). "Filipino American Youth Gangs, "Party Culture," and Ethnic Identity in Los Angeles". In Min, Pyong Gap. The Second Generation: Ethnic Identity Among Asian Americans. Rowman Altamira. p. 129. ISBN 9780759101760. 
  6. ^ "Asian Pride Gang Member Gets 33 Years". St. Petersburg Times. 6 November 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Jamal Thalji; Kameel Stanley (15 May 2009). "Judge criticized for gang member's low bail in murder case". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "27 Members Of 'Asian Pride' Gang Indicted". KMGH-TV. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Langguth, Gerd (1996). "Dawn of the "Pacific Century"?". German Foreign Affairs Review. 47 (4). Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Dalrymple, Rawdon (2003). Continental Drift: Australia's Search for a Regional Identity. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 119. ISBN 9780754634461. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 

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