Times change, and so do our populations and the diversity of our populations. The US in 2011 is not the US of the 1960′s or 1970′s, and in many ways this is a very good thing. We had just finished war with Japan, then the Korean Conflict, and then The Vietnam War. For anyone who is familiar with how much racism took place against Americans of Asian descent during this time, it was not a pleasant time. There was a substantial amound of violence against Americans of Asian descent, continued exclusion (though at least by then it wasn’t legal), and dealing with racial epithets, even in major urban metro areas.
Fast foward to 2011. I can’t imagine anything like this being done, social media withstanding, in the 1960′s or even 1970′s, much less the fact that these are the children of Vietnamese immigrants, many of whom are refugees after the fall of Saigon. One of my friends came here under these circumstances, with his sister, and to this day cannot stand the thought of sardines, which was all they had to eat on the long trip here. Some people are very resilent.
Demographic, social and cultural changes have swept our country since then. And now we have… Flash Mobs.