BASED: Asian man stands up for American values on Vice 'Model Minority & Asian Hate' panel

"If America is to hold together, assimilation, [is] not just good or bad, [but] necessary," Dao asserted.

Conservative commentator Vince Dao is making waves on social media after clips of his matter-of-fact answers from a Vice debate between Asian Americans on the topics of anti-Asian hate and the concept of being considered "model minorities" went viral due.

Dao, a Gen-Z political influencer with over 100,000 Instagram followers and a YouTube channel with over 80,000 subscribers, appeared to stump the left-wingers on the panel when they were asked about whether assimilation was a good thing, a bad thing, a "burden," or "opportunity."

"It's a necessary thing. No society can hold together where people have nothing in common, they don't speak the same language, they don't practice the same things," he said. "And, you may look at something like just food habits or what you eat and think that's fairly frivolous, but the truth of the matter is that on a broader level, when we're talking about more big-picture things, differences in race, culture, religion, all these things — people have fought wars, violent wars, killed each other over these things for 1000s of years."

As he spoke, the other panelists looked at him, some with looks of confusion or disgust on their faces. 

"If America is to hold together, assimilation, [is] not just good or bad, [but] necessary," Dao asserted. "I don't think it's going to be possible for America to survive as a stable functioning society if people don't, to some degree, say, 'Well here's what we're going to commonly agree upon.'"

"But who gets to choose it?" asked another member of the discussion, to which Dao replied, "The majority culture I suppose." When prompted on who was the prominent culture, he added that it would be whoever the people with the power are.

"And who's people with power? White people?," another panelist with bright purple hair interjected, adding loudly "I'm going to say it… white people!"

The panelists then appeared to be utterly dumbfounded by Dao's next statement: "Well, I don't know if that's necessarily so true. I don't think a particularly 'white' quote unquote interest controls things like pop culture."

"Do you believe white supremacy exists?," the same woman who accused white people of having all the power asked, to which the conservative commentator replied, "I think there are people who believe in and I think there's people who all believe that their race is superior."

Accusations of not "believing" in the "white supremacy" ensued, which Dao brushed off.

"No white supremacist state would even allow us to be doing this," he said, but the other panelists didn't appear to be convinced.

The clip, posted to Twitter on February 7, has already amassed over one million views. 

Other clips show the purple-haired woman arguing that assimilation is akin to the oppressive internment camps that Japanese-Americans were forced into during World War II after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. These people, who were American citizens, were forcefully moved to these camps due to suspicions of espionage, not for the purpose of cultural assimilation. 

Another exchange between Dao and the other panelists appeared to upset some of the left-wingers when the conservative charged forward with defending Asian practices that make them successful in the US.

"Statistically it is true that Asians… on average, make more money… better test scores, getting into better colleges, all that stuff," Dao said. "I think the question is, why is that? and I don't know, 'model minority,' whatever that label wants to —" He was again cut off by the purple-haired panelist, who called that a "myth."

"Listen, let me finish my point," Dao fired back. "We need to observe what makes people successful and unsuccessful. I think when you look at trends that are generally true in the Asian community, not of everyone, but are generally true, usually you have families that are sticking together… people are taught to work hard in school, not get into trouble."

The horror growing on the offended panelists' faces was obvious. 

"I think that translates to why Asians en masse are successful, and I don't think you have to be Asian or white for that matter to not have kids out of wedlock…" 

The other panelists appeared to be completely flabbergasted. 

"What is happening?" the interrupting woman complained while shaking her head. A couple other male panelists' jaws dropped.

"It's just a matter of like, common sense," Dao continued, ignoring their reactions. "That's what makes people successful. And if that's so-called assimilation, having a nuclear family, buying a house, going to school, whatever it is, then yeah, okay, call me a pro-assimilation, then."

The woman who had been going back-and-forth with him called it "erasure."

After the clips went viral, Dao thanked his supporters on social media.

"May God bless all who have supported me," he wrote. "This is just the beginning."

Dao also later identified one of the panelists who appeared to be particularly upset with his opinions on having children out-of-wedlock as Ziad Ahmed, a New Jersey activist who got into Stanford University by writing "#blacklivesmatter" 100 times on his application.


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