The fight for media representation has become one of the most prominent rallying cries among Asian Americans. Chu implicitly chose Awkwafina in an attempt to rewrite Peik Lin as a trope. Chu said that he specifically cast her based on her YouTube videos , in which she performs her Asian gangster persona, raps and speaks in AAVE. Colorlines screenshot of Bad Rap video, taken August 21, But the issue is larger than Awkwafina. She is emblematic of an entire generation of Asian-American internet celebrities.
There's a growing debate over who qualifies as a 'person of color' — who is and isn't included?
Finding Asian Identity in a Black and White America - VICE
You might think that the hardest part about attempting to communicate across languages and cultures is when something completely baffles people. I was thinking about that because I read a couple of angry posts triggered by the assumption by many Americans that Asians living in Asia get their skin bleached and their eyes enlarged because they are trying to look like white people. One things that people understandably find extremely frustrating is that, if you tell an American that Asians are not doing this because they want to look like white people, more often than not the American simply will not believe you. Note: This representation is actually far more nuanced and subtle than most eye-lifts. Lo, the artistry!
Performing Blackness Won't Fill Our Asian-American Culture Deficit [OP-ED]
Growing up in Vancouver, WA a predominantly white area , I remember feeling a discomfort toward my features. This adjective was supposedly meant as a compliment, but the meaning of that word is "introduced from another country, not native to the place where found. We are not anchored in the same way, making it easy for us to lose our identities or feel lost trying to navigate the intersection between our cultures. This photo project has been on my mind since coming to Los Angeles because I finally lived in a place where there were people who looked like me. Growing up, most of the celebrities I wanted to emulate were white, with features that didn't match mine.
The tweets, all included in a viral post from Filipina student Martina Salamero, represent a growing debate online over the term "people of color" — a phrase that has moved from social justice parlance into the collective vernacular of most Americans. We have been called yellow for far too many years to be put in the same place as white people," Salamero said about the tweets. Like "colored," the phrase was originally used to differentiate people of mixed African and European heritage from "full" Africans.