Evelyn Yang spoke out against sexual violence. What does that mean for Asian women?
Published: 12:00pm, 26 Jan, 2020
“I think people come to me with a stereotype – some probably expect me to be gentle, obedient and kind,” Youngbee Dale said.
Dale was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States in 1996, when she was only 16. She is now a US-based human trafficking expert who has worked with vulnerable communities including Asian women subjected to sex trafficking.
“Feminism is in my blood … perhaps after talking to me some people realise that Asian women can be vocal,” Dale said.
Stereotypes attached to Asians in Western countries, such as in the US, and lingering shame-based elements in Asian culture continue to play a role in the sexual violence that Asian women face and the way they deal with it, experts and advocates say. But an increasing number of female Asians in the US are now speaking up about their ordeals.