When operatives in China call Locke a banana, they assume, wrongly, that to be American is to be white. America is not white anymore. It never really was. China may be four times more populous than America. But America is many times more diverse, intermingled, open and adaptive than China.
I’m proud to be Chinese American: proficient in Chinese culture, fluent in American life. Call me what you will; I like my country’s chances.
I read this and thought, with unabashed pride, of my Chinese American wife and my mixed-race Chinese American son.
On behalf of my intermingled family, thank you, Eric. Well said.