What We Experience

We share the untold stories of Asian-American experiences surrounding racism and societal pressures that are often overlooked in our communities.

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ISSUE NO.4: What We Experience - Finding Self

September 2021 BLOG POST:
Songs We Never Hear

by Meilan Uyeno

If someone were to ask you to list your top five favorite mainstream music artists, the name of an Asian-American musician probably wouldn’t be the first to come to mind. This isn’t because you intentionally ignore Asian-American artists, but because most styles of mainstream music have not always provided opportunities for Asian American success. Rappers, classical musicians, and singers from various Asian backgrounds have faced failure within the constrictions of stereotypes and public portrayals. Asians are often just not viewed as “being able to be a rap/hip-hop artist; they are looked at as the successful ‘nerds’ in school."

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