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Asian Cowboys

https://www.gq.com/story/steven-yeun-april-cover-profile?fbclid=IwAR0p85YQcQYYPS0YartMHX-gNFN8XxegmbxhjKnKBYMafZ-7a2FpgUTuUxw

Steven Yeun decked out in western wear, looking badass. I’d love to see more stories about Asian Americans in the classic “Wild West” — I think it could help society remember that the West wasn’t lily white, that Chinese immigrants built most of our railways, and lots of cowboys were Black and Hispanic. (Yeun is Korean but I’ll admit I know less about Korean immigration than Chinese, which I learned about some growing up near San Francisco, though in recent years have learned much more.) The frontier as a mythos is based on a few short years anyway, but that mythos could evolve to reflect real America: full of people of all colors and cultures.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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