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John S. Yi, left, of Drinker Biddle & Reath and Judge Stella M. Tsai, right, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

History is complicated. As Asian-Americans, we are well aware of our mythological status as a so-called model minority. But, simply because of the way we look—even when our ancestors were born here decades ago—we are branded consciously or subconsciously as foreigners. As lawyers and judges, our competency as advocates and English fluency are not rebuttable presumptions, but rather things that must be proven 24/7. So too must our right to live and work in the United States our loyalty to the United States be substantiated time and time again. How do we respond?

 

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