Having the face of a minority in America, and the cultural upbringing of a minority in Asia, I’ve always felt partially out of place. In this country, whenever I meet someone new — even another Asian — I inevitably always have the same conversation about just what kind of Asian I am. Because when I’m in America, people see me as emphatically Asian. However, when I’m in Asia, people can only see me as an American. After all I think like an American — and in English.
For much of my life I’ve thought that I have these experiences because of the way I look. My solution, then, has been to change the way I am looked at. By taking influences from both my Asian and American cultures and fusing the two together, I am creating a new aesthetic. One that is distinctly Asian American. My hope is that in developing an Asian American aesthetic, I will influence our culture in such a way that it also reflects my unique cultural background. This way I can feel more at home here in America, a project that is no doubt important both for myself and for other Asian Americans.