Lucy Liu: “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed.” [REVISED]

With the increasing attention being given to racial dynamics in the United States, it is likely impossible for People of Color to avoid discussions on race. In my experiences, a common case for these discussions is a white person spurring conversation (whether positively or negatively) by making it clear that they lack experience and/or knowledge…

(Revised) Racemoji and False Infinity

Last year, Apple introduced skin tone for emojis, or ‘racemoji’. Suddenly, race and skin color was introduced into everyday text conversation. Interestingly, the Atlantic found a year later that the lightest two skin tones were the least used on twitter. While white twitter users outnumber black twitter users 4-to-1, the analysis of 18,000 tweets found that 52%…

Curatorial Statement: The Search for the Truly Intersectional Approach

Having to drop another course in order to make room for Asian American Sexualities, particularly one that is a requirement before I graduate in two quarters, I had to think long and hard about my intentions for taking this course. In the end, I justified this move, telling myself that I could not seriously claim…

All That Really Matters Is What’s on the Inside: Reading Genderbending and Androgyny in Shoujo Manga, a curatorial statement/research proposal mash-up

So I am not sure if you have noticed or not through my sticker-plastered, evidently-I-am-the-living stereotype-of-some-mutated (because this trope should not still be able to manifest so visibly in the body of a 21 y.o. grown-ass woman)-iteration-of-the-clichéd-nerdy-prepubescent-or-something laptop screen, but as I have mentioned in previous posts, I still kind of obsess over fictional characters…

“Can I take a picture of you, you look amazing” [REVISED]

In the spirit of Halloween and the everlasting appeal of occupying another persona, other than the clumsy, awkward one I normally inhabit, I have recently been scouring DeviantArt for inspiring cosplays of my favourite anime/video game characters – my particular nerd niche (you too can fall down this rabbit-hole). Wading through these embodiments of our…

(Revised) Asian American Men – Reproducing Oppressive Structures Online

Effeminate, passive, and uncool – this is the stereotype of Asian American men, and it is not a new one. In Asian American Women and Men, Espiritu explains how this stereotype begins through the 1875 Page Act exclusion of Asian women from the US, and reproduced through feminized jobs (126), media portrayal (103) and the…

OK, But What About Me?: a curatorial statement

Kylie Jenner was right: 2016 has been the year of realizing stuff. This year has truly been the first time that I started thinking critically about my role in the larger Asian American experience. Although it’s easy to think individualistically, this course has served as a reminder that the personal is, indeed, political. For so…

Failing the System and Expressing Agency: Curatorial Statement

There are no words to describe the amount of knowledge and critical thinking this class has offered me this quarter. I came in oblivious and, frankly, uneducated about several issues. Reading and analyzing discourse on the connections between race, gender, sexuality and other parameters of hegemonic structure paved a new, informed outlook on life. Prior to college, I lived in…