Here's an article about generational conflict in political races between Asian Americans. Pictured above is PJ Kim. He's running for City Council in NYC against Margaret Chin. The article quotes Sandy Kim,
executive director of the Korean American League for Civic Action, noted that some first-generation candidates including Jung, in the Flushing race, were looking past ethnicity as they ran for the Council. Kim said that because Jung is a longtime labor organizer, he has gained a broader perspective that reaches beyond the Korean-American community.
Nonetheless, she acknowledged that as a general trend, second-generation candidates were more prone to seeking broader support outside their ethnic bases. Kim added that Asian-American voters in the city were also increasingly looking past ethnicity, too.
“There is still something special about getting an Asian-American politician elected,” she said. “But the second generation is looking more at the big picture, and at the merits of the candidates.”
The article focuses on the different networks and political styles of Asian American candidates by generation. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I do believe the issues addressed in this article also speak to the general difficulties AAPIs have in working across generational lines.
Let's face it, the Left, and particularly AAPIs on the Left are TERRIBLE at letting the next generation become leaders. Sure we talk a good talk, even giving conferences titles like "Passing the Torch," but in practice... (I love my elders but, I gotta say it) our older generation SUCKS at walking the talk of empowering a next generation. I mean, there are so called "Asian American leaders" out there who have been at it for a good 3 decades or more, and don't make a very good effort at even sharing the workload in various fields or even making an effort to have genuine dialogue with a younger generation. And by the way... I had a lengthy discussion a few months back with an "elder" who mentioned that by "next generation" he thinks of people in their 40's. YIKES!