acrylic, paper & recycled materials on canvas
10” x 20”
May 2019

This piece is inspired by a jumble of things. First inspiration is Langston Hughes “I, Too, Am America” poem, where he beautifully exemplifies the lived experiences of racism on black bodies. I also wanted to do a visual representation of an Asian American experience in my own voice to combat all the ways: blatant, passive, erasure, complex and on the daily, we are forcefully viewed as perpetual foreigners, un-American & unseen. I still felt the need to acknowledge and showcase the pain and trauma as it is the foundation of history, resistance work and all the sacrifices made to just have a sense of belonging. At the same time, I wanted this to be overwhelmingly hopeful and healing, just like chrysanthemums to celebrate being Asian American.

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