Unfortunately, due to modern stereotypes either reinforced by Hollywood or other popular media, people have trouble seeing history’s many colors. They only wanna see only black nd white, familiar, absolute one sided portrayals of the events throughout history. I’ve had astonished Asians and non-Asians come up to me at these re-enactments. Some encourage me and some discourage me from doing it. They act like what I’m doing is an absurdity sometimes or wow I didn’t realize Asian Americans
even know American history at all! Some don’t think I look the part. I’ve even seen an old Asian couple taking photos of my unit, but making sure I’m left out of the photo.
My question to them is, what about you? Why don’t you come out and represent your own history, then if you look more the part and spend your own time and money? Heck, I didn’t even know there were really Chinese in the American civil war until I started doing this hobby and got a history lesson from other American re-enactors. Even Congress has passed a resolution to acknowledge that!