The #NotYourAsianSidekick hashtag, created by freelance writer Suey Park, took Twitter by storm this week and jump-started an online discussion of race issues and the Asian-American experience. The hashtag succeeded because it tapped into deep-seated and emotional issues, many of which have been heatedly discussed for decades in other forums, Jeff Yang writes. "We theorized #NotYourAsianSidekick ideas since the 70's but kids gotta learn it from a damn hashtag," law professor Mari Matsuda wrote in a tweet.

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