My Silence Was My Cage

Coming to terms with a lifelong witnessing of Asian Hate

“Medium is hosting a conversation about Asian hate and I was thinking of writing something. Do you think I can?” I ask my first-generation, Japanese-American husband for permission.

“Uh, probably not. Do they want Asian writers to contribute?” he asks.

“I don’t know. Our kids are Asian. They’re half, but to the world they’re Asian. I’m their mom. I feel like I’m a part of this.”

“I guess I can see you writing about this…. yeah, I can see it,” he concedes.