The New Yorker’s latest cover, drawn by the artist R. Kikuo Johnson, captures the fear that permeates Asian-American communities across the United States amid a surge in racial violence targeting them.
“It symbolizes the fear of existing in a place where we no longer feel welcome, waiting for a figurative train to take us away from this seemingly inescapable hole,” said Viet-Hai Huynh, a Vietnamese-American college student in Berkeley, California.
The New Yorker cover has resonated with many Asian-Americans like Huynh, who have been forced to raise their guard against attacks that could come at them at any time: when they visit grocery stores, go to church, or otherwise live their lives in the world’s richest country.
An Honor Book for the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.
"Fundamentally, I think the hope is to eradicate the idea that Asian bodies are inherently foreign."
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