This one is for all the Asians in the diaspora with "ethnic" or "weird" or "foreign" names. Reclaim it. It can look like a variety of different actions. Putting it on your social media, or your email signature, having your close friends and family call you by your ethnic name, or even just saying it to yourself. You deserve to take up space, and so do your names (all of them).
-AsIAmInspo (and "ethnic name" owner)
3954:46 PM Mar 22, 2018
Sometimes time and space is what is necessary for healing to occur. It can be a painful process...I admit to struggling with it myself. And while it is important to try to heal the roots, the responsibility does not fall only on you.
You're a unicorn! ❤❤❤ (For my birthday I want a unicorn onsie. I want to go to bed and wake up as an Asian unicorn so I can carry that into the day.)
4762:51 PM Mar 14, 2018
Dear Asian American, so often I feel the pressure that because I'm Asian, because of my face and my skin color and my interests, I can't be certain things. Sometimes it's aggressively said. Sometimes it's a subtle put down. I want you to remember, you are growing from this. You are healing from this. And you are creating from this. You're a masterpiece in progress right now. With ❤, AsIAmInspo
4125:05 PM Mar 6, 2018
The past, present, and future can all ground us in different ways. Remember where we came from (the land, the culture, the language, the family). Recognize we are in the here and now. And keep an eye on the future in front of us.
3735:23 PM Mar 4, 2018
Collab post with @tigerwong888!
Photo credit to @tigerwong888
Schools don't prioritize teaching Asian American history (and black...and Native...and brown...). It is important we know and learn our history. We belong here. We have helped build America. We deserve respect and rights.
Go for it resolutely. But don't forget the Asian Americans who have trail blazed before you. Don't forget the family and the culture that has been behind you.
4912:40 PM Feb 22, 2018
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2853:28 PM Feb 20, 2018
There are going to be people who aren't going to treat you with respect. They aren't going to pay attention to you, or listen to you, or treat you like you matter. That's their problem. Mentally, you need to know you are a priority. You're worth listening to. You're worth attention. Remember that you're a priority. -AsIAmInspo
It's okay to feel fear. Fear can protect us, and it can guide us. It can alert us to where we are hurt and wounded and insecure. And as a result, it is fear that can illuminate where healing and growth can occur. Have a conversation with your fear. It may tell you tearfully, or quietly. (It may have some very valid points.) It may be howling. And you can live through it.
I realized one day that all my time was spent around non-asian people and that my Asianness was slowly fading out if my life. At the same time, I would always say "I care about my Asian american identity." Something wasn't adding up. I needed to recalibrate how I spent my time to reflect my values. It was hard. Honestly, I lost some friends. But I'm happier and I feel like I'm living onto my true self. So I invite you to consider how you spend your time as well. Be well friend.
I want to do more than just make art and write things. I want my work to be easy to find by Asian Americans. Whatever it is you do, I'm open to hearing what you've tried and how it turned out (even if the result wasn't what you wanted).
There are a lot of people who have a lot to say and a lot of negativity. Some if these people even say these things out of love and a desire to protect you. The implicit message is "better to stay down than to climb and fall". And listen. You can step into uncertainty safely. And you can take another step, and another step, and another step. You are good enough to start.
Happy 70th Independence Day to the land of my birth. 🇱🇰 On February 4, 1948, Ceylon was granted independence as the Dominion of Ceylon. Dominion status within the British Commonwealth was retained for the next 24 years until May 22, 1972 when it became a republic and was renamed the Republic of Sri Lanka. #srilankaindependenceday#srilankanamerican#sinhalese#tamil
5206:22 PM Feb 4, 2018
🇱🇰Happy Sri Lankan Independence Day! 🇱🇰 We are celebrating with a simple but tasty breakfast consisting of Kiribath (milk rice), palm sugar, and lunumiris (a chutney of sorts). As a Sri Lankan American, I’ve chosen to embrace the positive parts of both the cultures and leave the negative parts behind. I have been told more than once that I’m not AS Sri Lankan because I was born in the United States. So I’ve chosen to learn the cuisines of both great countries, be an impeccable host, help someone in need without asking questions, and show compassion, kindness and understanding. I’m Sri Lankan American and damn proud of it! #RiceAllDaYEveryDay#SriLankanAmerican#SriLankan#Sinhalese#Kiribath#Lunumiris#Delicious