What We Experience
We share the untold stories of Asian-American experiences surrounding racism and societal pressures that are often overlooked in our communities.
ISSUE NO.4: What We Experience - Finding Self
JULY 2021 BLOG POST:
Reconciliation, Representation, and Remembrance
by Hannah Dy
I consume media at lightning-fast speed. When I’m intrigued, I devour trilogies, television seasons, albums—everything. And like every other consumer, I absorb not only the plotline but the stories of the characters, the locations, and the histories. This also means I notice the absence of narratives in the mainstream media.
Characters too often serve solely to further the expectations and restrictive stereotypes that translate into reality’s pain and grief. Representation is not always comfort. While revisiting my personal experiences with two of the many Asian American stereotypes found within American media, I’ll also be highlighting refreshing Asian American characters that I rooted for, connected with, and kept me hopeful.