This is probably the understatement of my life, but I talk about being an immigrant a lot. It’s such a defining part of who I am, and I don’t know that I would be able to see the world as I do if I didn’t have that firsthand experience. Lately, I’ve been having to face my identity head-on. From Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, to politics, and even Beyoncé’s latest work, I’m reminded everyday that my identity is complex.
NBC Asia America Presents
If you didn’t know, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. If you know anything about me, my Asian American identity is very important to me. I still think Asian Americans are so highly underappreciated and are so often pushed to the side because of the “Model Minority” label we’ve been given. I’m glad that a major media outlet like NBC has been highlighting our presence throughout APAHM.
HI. DO YOU KNOW HOW STRESSFUL IT IS TO BE FILIPINO AND AMERICAN AND HAVE TWO CAMPAIGN/ELECTION SEASONS IN ONE YEAR??!?!?! K.
— Shayne (@shayneblogs) May 12, 2016
The Philippines has a new president. If you want to know how I feel, just watch John Oliver. I want to believe that this isn’t a precursor to what’s going to happen for the elections here in the US. However, if a religious country like the Philippines can vote in an unapologetic, politically incorrect man into the presidency, who’s to say what can happen stateside? Could you imagine — Trump and Duterte? It’s a tough vision for me to imagine or even accept.
I watched Lemonade straight through — all 66 minutes of it. This is the most personal work I’ve ever seen from Beyoncé, and I’m glad she shared it. I loved that she explored her identity in this work, and I can’t help but analyze the intersections and underlying themes. I know that people think Beyoncé is a bit overrated, but Lemonade is really all that it’s cracked up to be. I listened to her entire discography the other day and it’s corny but I’m proud to be part of the Beyhive. cheese
What’s been on your mind lately?
Playlist from NBC Asia America Presents
Beyoncé image taken from “Lemonade”
Featured Image from Steve Breen/Creators Syndicate