This project is a collection of interviews of Asian Americans of various ethnicities in the American south.
This project puts stories of American Asians in the South, of our generation, into the world. Releasing our stories into the world increases our visibility and opens up possibilities for people who look like us and grew up like us. It can help us understand the unique struggles that we have geographically and culturally.
Visibility is important because Asian Americans are not that visible in popular culture, especially in the American south (but we should be)! On the west coast and in NYC, Asian Americans are much greater in number. But in the south, we are still a smaller, less vocal minority. I want to make sure that we are documenting the stories of how our geographical location and cultures have impacted our choices in life, identities, vocations and purpose. Regardless of whether someone grew up here, moved here for college, work, love etc, it's crucial that we know that we're not alone in our unique and variable experiences that bloom from Southern and Asian cultures. Also, these stories are also for people outside of our cultures to understand that we are diverse and individual within our ethnic groups.
These stories can open up possibilities in life because hearing someone else's story can inspire someone to create a new path for themselves. There isn't a place where the stories of southern Asian Americans of our generation are published collectively. Personally speaking, when I was younger and growing up in a suburb of Atlanta, I didn't know any artists who looked like me and I assumed that it was impossible to pursue art because I just didn’t know anyone who looked like me and grew up like me who walked the walk of an artist. I know differently now, but I also wish I had known differently then.
- Please tell me a little about yourself.
- What comes to mind for you when you think of home?
- How do you feel about conversations about race?
- How does race intersect with your vocation or purpose?
- What do you want others to see when they think of you or speak with you?