I found my “Ann Perkins” of social justice in two amazing individuals. The conversation flowed effortlessly—we talked about intersectionality, feminism, the voices of people of color in activism—topics that I care deeply about.
An official statement from the AAMUnite Team.
Oh…no, honey. Trust me. You want to be White. So I nodded my head and agreed after fruitless attempts to awkwardly explain that my mom is White and that my dad is Thai. After all, she was one of our school counselors and she was trying to make things easier for me.
When you watch all of these debates, when do you ever hear politicians trying to get the Asian American vote? Asian Americans have hardly ever been a topic of interest in media coverage of the US current presidential election.
AAPIs have been straight killing it this year with social media activism. From #BeingAsian to #StarringConstanceWu to #BrownAsiansExist, we have made our voices loud and clear. We not only want representation, we are DEMANDING it. Furthermore, we want our voices both heard AND listened to.
My family never let me feel my color. My mother let me be a kid, which meant that I'd get as brown as possible during the summers due to being outside all day. I had no concept of "colorism" until I visited the Philippines in my 20s.