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Sean Davis on being Asian American

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Hi, all!

If you read Danish, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is on the cover of June’s Euroman magazine.

Ramble of the Day

Last week, the New York Red Bulls’ Sean Davis spoke about his experiences as an Asian American. I took the time to listen to it last week, and found it worth listening to in every way. Much of the discussion surrounded a specific point he made about the power of storytelling, and that the experiences of Asians and Pacific Islanders get excluded in our collective library of stories that define the places and times we live in.

That type of exclusion leads to a number of side effects, reminding me of a recent study where 42% of respondents could not name a famous Asian American. It led Davis to another point — the rise in hate towards members of the AAPI community may stem from the COVID-19 pandemic, but that hate rose from a foundation of discrimination that already existed. He spoke about his family’s experiences, specifically those of his mother:

To hear [anti-Asian] rhetoric, again, it’s selfish because [they don’t] care how it affects Asians in our country and how that’s going to affect so many people that are Americans and I think it’s no surprise that you see a lot of anti-Asian hate. ... My mom grew up in Fort Lee [a town in New Jersey], and at the time it was predominantly white and I remember her telling me stories about when she would go to school, she was one of the few Asian kids, and she had to get bullied. I hate hearing those stories.

Davis dives even further, discussing how that hostility has impacted his mother’s life and his own. It’s really insightful and layered, and absolutely worth the half hour if you have it.

Links of the Day

20 River Plate players tested positive for COVID-19.

Roy Hodgson will leave Crystal Palace at the end of the season after four years as manager.

Barcelona secured a loan of €500m from an American investment bank.

MLS’ Columbus SC partially did away with last week’s rebrand, going back to the name Columbus Crew.

A longer read: Marc Stein interviews the Milwaukee Bucks’ Jrue Holiday and retired USWNT midfielder Lauren Holiday on their marriage and an eventful last year for The New York Times