November Articles of the Month
1. Trophy Child
Written by Aditi Patel. Edited by Kathy Ye.
Patel writes about the effects of the ‘smart Indian’ stereotype on Asian Americans. In a deeply personal and raw testimony, the writer highlights her skepticism for every accomplishment. How stereotypes cast a shadow over hard work and achievements as she depicts the way people see her as a ‘doctor-in-training’. “Without proper representation in media, these stereotypes aren’t going to disappear, and it’s important that POC have opportunities to shine through art. Yes, our cultures represent our backgrounds and family histories, but they don’t define our potential”
Written by Vivian Mai. Edited by Mariel Bumanglag.
On November 11-12, the Philippines was hit by a massive typhoon that devastated the area of Cagayan Valley and took the lives of many. The causes of deaths vary from landslides, drownings, electrocution, and disease and any are left stranded as their houses became inhabitable. Creatively Asian is centered around helping Asians all around the world, it is our civic duty to engage our community with information and offer ways to be informed and options to help. Here are a few ways you can help with your creative abilities.
3. Healing Art
Created by Elizabeth Bowie. Edited by Kathy Ye.
Born in Xi'an in 1970, Guo Fengyi was a Chinese artist who created art through meditation. Due to debilitating arthritis, she was forced to leave her factory job at 45 years old. She turned to qigong, an ancient form of Chinese meditation, to help cope with the pain. During this time, she developed a unique interpretation of art. Guo's works are currently on display at the Savannah College of Art and Design's Museum of Art in an exhibition named "To See from a Distance".
Written by Julianne Wong. Edited by Geetanjali Roy.
A great representation of the LGBTQ+ community in Vietnam, which previous generations have yet to come to terms with, especially with the lift of the ban on same-sex marriage in Vietnam 2015. This film follows the journey of a man named Nâu Vân who returns to his hometown, Mekong Delta, from the United States alongside his partner, Ian, for the anniversary of his Father’s death. Van seeks this as an opportunity to come out to his family who are yet to know of his true sexuality.
Created by Amy Wang. Edited by Kathy Ye
This remarkable movie is a Hong Kong martial arts film that displays the racism that Asians living in America have encountered. The Asian actors featured mockery and racist remarks of their culture in their schools, communities, and workplaces. This film mainly takes on “white supremacy on American soil” as its focus, showing white individuals ridiculing Asian culture. It uses the theme of martial arts as the basis of the derision while other aspects such as physical appearance are also applied. Ultimately, this notable movie encourages one to spread their legacy and culture even when the majority attempts to bring you down as well as learning to protect oneself and justifying what you support.