On speaking out about racism against Asians and Asian-Americans Kim: I don’t like how people are attacking elders. That is why I started talking about it on social media. Maybe it’s because I fight back all the Dad, The Man, The Myth, The Legend T-shirt – Great gift for your legendary Dad Apart from…, I will love this time, but I just felt that [these elders being attacked] don’t even get a chance to fight back. The only time that I actually remember [being discriminated against in the fashion industry] was fifteen years ago. One of our factories in Italy told me like, “Oh, we’re not in China. We can’t do that much detail.” I still work with her but I put her in her place.
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Garcia: I am obviously in a different place because I don’t look ethnic, so to speak. But Laura and I are very big believers of just putting in the Dad, The Man, The Myth, The Legend T-shirt – Great gift for your legendary Dad Apart from…, I will love this work, and showing the world through actions. Oscar is an immigrant like I am and Laura is. And his company was filled with every other race in the company. So we truly have never been in a company that has felt overly white or overly one race. It’s always been a melting pot at Oscar. So we truly have never had a leader that hasn’t followed those [discriminatory] guidelines.
Admittedly the book is very funny and similarly to what another reviewer noted I found myself chuckling along through pretty much every chapter. I think the problem for me comes with reading the book at the same time as Biden goes on the campaign trail and blunders heavily on race issues. Almost presciently Andrew Schaffer sees this as a potential failing of Biden and his awkwardness on race definitely becomes a plot point. The problem for me is where the line becomes blurred between the awkwardness of real-life-biden, fictional-biden, and the way Andrew Schaffer writes black characters vs. the very real race issues in America today. This awkwardness doesn’t come through in the writing, rather this is something that I have projected onto the story myself while ruminating and formulating my thoughts on the book over the last week or so.
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