If confirmed, she can be the primary Korean American girl to function a federal appellate decide, and solely the second AAPI girl to serve on the ninth Circuit from California.
Grassley’s feedback tapped into an extended historical past of stereotyping Asian Americans.
“What you said about your Korean background reminded me a lot of what my daughter-in-law of 45 years has said: ‘If I’ve learned anything from Korean people, it’s a hard work ethic. And how you can make a lot out of nothing,’ ” the senator stated throughout Koh’s affirmation listening to.
Presumably, Grassley meant no offense together with his statements, crass as they had been. His “intent was to be complimentary, not to insult anyone,” per communications director Taylor Foy, who talked about that the senator’s daughter-in-law is Korean American.
Still, the at instances violent anti-Asian bigotry that is loomed over the US over the previous yr and a half has made clear the significance of not flattening the experiences of marginalized communities.
“Treating all members of a group as the same invites mistreatment when one person can be held accountable for the actions of someone else. It may not be the same incitement to violence seen in other slurs, but it is harmful nonetheless,” she added.
Notably, Grassley’s feedback had been troubling for an additional purpose, too — for the space they put between Koh and her nation.
In drawing a line round Koh and “her people,” then, Grassley, in his personal means, was collaborating on this narrative. Or put somewhat bit otherwise: As Koh sought to proceed serving the US, Grassley advised that, truly, this is not her nation.