New Episode of Ms.’s On The Issues With Michele Goodwin Podcast: Being Asian in America


On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a popular, issues and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms. magazine, a legacy feminist publication. In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality.

A new episode—Being Asian in America (with Dr. Claire Kim, Nobuko Miyamoto and Yang Huang)—is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and

In this episode, Dr. Goodwin dives into the recent rise in anti-Asian violence and subsequent protest movements, and the questions they have raised about the current status of Asian American identity in the U.S. How does “Asian” identity fit into the American racial taxonomy, which has for so long relied on a dichotomy of Black and white? Are Asian Americans a “model minority”? Dr. Goodwin and her guests will answer all these questions, and more.

You can find a full transcript of the episode here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“The model minority myth pretends that the Asian-American community is a monolithic group, while it is very far from the truth. Some 23 million Asian Americans can trace their roots to more than 20 countries and 50 ethnic groups in Asia.” —Yang Huang

“What we really have is structural favoritism toward Asian Americans relative to Black people, that we can see, in my reading, from the first Chinese laborers until the present.” —Dr. Claire Kim

“We started understanding, wait a minute. We’ve been relocated just like Native Americans. We’ve been discriminated, just like Black people. We’ve been hung. We’ve been terrorized. Maybe we have something in common here.” —Nobuko Miyamoto

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. Magazine and on She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood is described as a “must read.”

About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to share news, analysis, research and strategies for fighting back and moving forward, for shaping the future.


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