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Ignorance vs. malice: comparing racism in Asia and the US

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A woman holds a balloon in front of a police officer during a Black Lives Matter protest outside City Hall in Manhattan, New York, on Aug. 1.   © Reuters

Watching from afar the recent racial violence roiling American society, I am reminded of two questions I've encountered while living and working for many years in Asia as a black American journalist.

The first question, almost always asked by white Americans, is, "How do you feel living here, because aren't Asians really racist?"

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