I spent the past 31 years of my life being polite during this month. accountability is love is justice is needed. marginalization is real for all of us, but all of us ain’t marginalized the same under this aapi umbrella. some of us don’t even have room to stand beneath the umbrella ☔️, which is why we oftentimes won’t bring ourselves to stand behind it. #aapiheritagemonth#dobetter#google#payus#hireus#knowus#oceania
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In honor of #aapiheritagemonth here's a comic about one of my biggest insecurities growing up as a mixed race asian-american 🤙
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To celebrate aapi heritage month, i went to phonomenal. t shirts are nice but go support your local asian businesses, the money goes right in their asian pockets. also check out @phosaigonpearlla, one of my fave family owned joints #aapi#aapiheritagemonth#phenomenallyasian
It’s asian-american pacific islander heritage month! thank so much to @evipineschi , who is an amazing artist and colored this comic! 💖🙏 she has written her own series of comics about being mixed asian-american, and i highly recommend you check out her work too! .
i had a lot of different things i wanted to draw for aapih month, and decided to go with the issue on wearing traditional clothing as a mixed asian-american. growing up, i would often wear qipao shirts for chinese new year, but always seemed to struggle with the idea of wearing it outside of celebrations, even if it was just for cosplay. i was always interested in wearing hanfu, especially since wearing hanfu largely died out in the 20th century. i’m so proud of who i am, and so proud of my heritage. but sometimes, i still feel hesitant to outwardly show it, because i didn’t want others to think i didn’t belong to my culture, or that because i don’t look full chinese, i have no right to participate in my culture. i’m fortunate that my family has never made me feel like i don’t belong though—it just became something i worried about outside of family and friends. but! identity is a process! and making these comics helps me sort out my feelings and learn to make peace with them. .
Yes, i am at it again: asking a brand to do better after giving them weeks and weeks to respond to comments about their cultural appropriation of japanese heritage garments ... and i was ready to just let it go, but then after seeing their latest image utilizing sacred shinto marriage ritual garments in their clothing campaign called, “wabi sabi,” i had to speak out.
i speak out for so many reasons, which i have written about before, but one of the biggest reasons is this person pictured here, my mother.
this woman is in my heart today and every day: my first mother, my first teacher. she was a successful classical japanese musician, who played at carnegie hall in ny, recorded and collaborated with jazz great, pharoah sanders, was reviewed in the ny times, taught and performed extensively; married my father against her family's wishes; carved her own path and career and had me at age 36; battled racism and then aids-phobia toward the end of her life with such grace that she transformed a discriminatory san diego aids ward into a place of compassionate care-giving. she believed in cultural exchange and understanding through music, and those seeds are planted within me as i also strive to build understanding through the respect and honoring of origin cultures and voices. may i live my life as fully and passionately as my mother -- and with as much humility and beauty. she made this world a better place. may i do the same. anything i do, i do in her name and in the name of my child, her namesake. #aapiheritagemonth
image description: [vintage black and white portrait photo of a young japanese woman wearing kimono, with her hair swept up in a bun, looking off to the side.]
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Turned the @teenvogue explainer on yellowface and whitewashing into a quiche lil video about asian representation in pop culture for #aapi heritage month ✨✌🏽😘