I’m sure I’m far too fascinated by this, but commenter Jennifer did provide some follow-up, responding to my question about how her daughter took it:
Hey, “only in San Francisco” as they say! She was hurt and embarrassed, but we dealt with it with a sense of humor. Honestly, this cannot compare to what other kids have to learn about, because as a white kid in America, you know this is an anomaly. It’s not like it’s something you know you are going to have to deal with for the rest of your life in one way or another. I get the feeling I’m sounding like kind of an uncaring Mom here … my kid’s got a lot of confidence and she also has lots of Asian friends who rolled their eyes and OMG’d about what the teacher said. She survived it just fine.
My fellow white people… in the rare event that you do experience some form of racial discrimination, please remember to keep a sense of context (this is going to be a theme of my blog). We still run the whole damn world (read Melvin’s comments on my first post about experiencing white entitlement while going to school in Taiwan, for one thing). Please do not fall back on the “it’s really us that’s being oppressed” Rush Limbaugh line of thought so easily. That doesn’t mean that what happened was okay, as she recognizes, it just means that it does not change or erase the historical reality which in turn informs today’s reality (and historical illiteracy is another thing I want to come back to).