I really appreciate this perspective. I think often, these conversations get relegated under the broad swath of racism, without getting into the specifics of what is happening. As a 1.5 generation Korean-American, I am well aware of how Koreans spend so much money on material items, such as purses, designer labels, fancy cars. They are often signaling that they deserve/desire status, but often those behaviors get dismissed as materialism in the Korean community (i.e., "another victim of capitalism") - or as "white proximity" in American discourse. I think people often perceive this kind of signaling as something shameful, as if…

Shinyung Oh

Former lawyer, associate marriage & family therapist, blogger (www.capriciousbubbles.com), @ShinyungOh

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