As APA Heritage Month concludes, we’d like to share some highlights of posts you’ve shared!
CAAM, PBS, World Channel/America ReFramed, Pacific Islanders in Communications, POV and American Experience teamed up during APAHM for #MyAPALife, a social media campaign that kicked off off May 1. We asked you to share about your family, who inspires you, your history, and more!
Thank you for being a part of using images to make #APA history.
My dad brought my mom from Okinawa to segregated Texas. Here she’s meeting some of his family for the first time. My grandmother (to very left) helped her acclimate to life in he South. She also adopted my uncle and aunt from Korea (behind her). #MyAPALife #blackpacific pic.twitter.com/Xqkb03dRtB
— Mitzi Uehara Carter (@gritsnsushi) May 8, 2018
@CAAM @PBS For APA heritage month I wanted to honor my parents. They came to this country in the 90s leaving behind everything they knew and held dear – they wouldn't see their family again for decades later, theyd have to learn to adapt to a culture they weren't necessarily comfortable with, and gave up a life they understood, all so me and my sister could have a better education and life. For a lot of our youth, it was a struggle – financially, socially, even medically. But year after year we continue to see progress and we're happy to call the US our home. I feel that as immigrants who have been fortunate, its our responsibility to ensure that the American dream continues to be able to provide for individuals all over the world who are looking for that refuge. #myapalife #apaheritagemonth #immigrants #asiansquat #90s #immigrantsgetthejobdone #90skid #dreamers #tbt #throwbackthursdays
Celebrated my daughter’s first birthday on Saturday. This one photo pretty much sums up #MyAPALife. A small cross section of our Filipino American and Chinese American “village” of support. Looking forward to grow and learn more with her. Happy #APAHM! @PBS @CAAM pic.twitter.com/DiFf6EwYco
— Eric Ignacio (@canonball_e) May 27, 2018
— sapsakya (@sapsakya) May 8, 2018
This is my nai-nai who passed away over a year ago. She was pregnant when she fled China to Taiwan—abandoned by her husband. She joined the Air Force, raised two sons & eventually me, her granddaughter. I inherited her trauma, her laughter & her impatience. #MyAPALife #AAPIHM pic.twitter.com/7Vd3GST9eK
— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) May 8, 2018
In the spirit of #apaheritagemonth @caamedia wants to hear from you! This week’s theme is family, so here’s a throwback from my family vacay in Hawaii circa mid-80s. 🤙🏾 What’s your story? Share your own family story and use #MyAPALife! For a little fam time, catch a film at #caamfest36 May 10-24 in SF and Oakland. 👉🏽 caamfest.com (link in bio)
koreans can be intolerant of queerness, esp. having queer kids in the family. here are my parents at my sister’s wedding to her partner last year. it’s a hard process, but slowly but surely, change can happen. #MyAPALife pic.twitter.com/M5323RxtmE
— yooshin (@quantumyoosh) May 1, 2018
Happy #AsianAmerican and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (and what a gorgeous day it is in Chicago)! Here's 10-year-old me on a typical weekend night, giving my stuffed animals different hairstyles, as you do. (The other photos in this ~series~ include ones of Pochacco—my fave back then—being stylish in my scarf.) Also I had that same sweater in different colors and deliberately got them at least two sizes too big. Anyway, my #AAPIHM exhibit is now on view at the West Chicago Avenue Branch of @ChicagoPublicLibrary in the neighborhood of Austin! http://www.chipublib.org/news/art-exhibit-by-jenny-lam-at-west-chicago-avenue-branch It's a handful of photos I took on my phone while traveling along the Silk Road in Western China, and it'll be up throughout May. (Fitting that my own Journey to the West is chronicled in a westside community.) Also, be sure to check out my ongoing series, ABC in HK, in which I interview #Chinese Americans currently living in Hong Kong and amplify their stories, struggles, triumphs, and dreams: http://artistsonthelam.blogspot.com/search/label/ABC%20in%20HK (And if you'd like to participate, email me! The call for voices is at http://artistsonthelam.blogspot.com/2018/01/call-for-voices-abc-in-hk.html) #APAHM
Another CAAMFest36 highlight: a profound and poetic performance at SHE, WHO CAN SEE last night. Farewell Japantown, hello Asian Art Museum and Curran Theater tonight and Oakland tomorrow! #caamfest36 #caamfest #dirtyboots #kularts #shewhocansee #sf #amckabuki #japantown #happy #music #highlights #oakland #asianartmuseum #aam #apahm #myapalife #curran #memories
When photographer @brentherrig reached out to me last year about being part of his Spoonful of Inspiration series, I was super ultra nervous. He can testify to me saying repeatedly I was “very stressed” during our shoot because I really didn’t know how to capture all the things I love about food at large and my food and my culture’s food and my personality in just one 🥄! . Naturally I had to choose an Asian soup spoon because it has become the utensil de résistance of my kitchen. Let’s be real here: Asian soup spoons are way better for soup drinking than any other spoon. No spillage, maximum slurpage👌🏼 It’s also been a way for me to own the commentary “that’s so Asian of you”. I think most Asian-Americans will agree there’s a lot to unravel behind that statement. While sometimes it’s said in jest (usually by another Asian), many times it belies a quiet vein of “otherism”. Most of my life I ran away from my Asianness because I didn’t want to be labeled a “fob” (a whole other tag to discuss); I wanted to be accepted. But fitting in shouldn’t be predicated on rejecting who you are, and (very) slowly over time I’ve grown to take pride in how I am different. I think a big reason I gravitated towards food is because it is a place where all cultures have a seat at the table. . As my shoot with Brent unfolded and I played with different setups, this one came about rather instinctually. I had planned to plate a small wonton (me in food form) and Brent asked, “What do you like to cook with?” So the spice shelves (and drawers and chests – I’m a hoarder 🤷🏻♀️) were unleashed. Is it dorky for me to say this spoon developed into a culinary representation of Newton’s 3rd law? As much as I’ve drawn on other cuisines to make my food, they have imparted ideas and feelings onto me equally in return. That, I think, is the ultimate point of cooking. . Photo by @brentherrig #MyAPALife