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I wrote this song in a time when I was feeling very inspired and really proud of who I am. I am so proud to be a young Blasian woman, and I love being able to express myself through music for other people and BIPOC artists to be able to groove and relate to!!
"Go back to your country" is a phrase often said to Latinos all over the United States, but what people don't seem to understand is that this is what an "American" youth looks like. If people's perception of what an "American" Youth looked like was expanded, would people still be yelling "go back to your country?" The purpose of this photoseries titled "American Youth" is to make a point that people of Latino heritage can be American and that the idea of an "American" should not be exclusively thought of as a white person.
Generations of generations
Generations of generations of passed down hair. I inherited the curliness texture of my hair from my mom. She inherited her curly hair from her mom and so on until we reach the point of our African descendant whose hair began the curly hair gene in our family. My mom has always taught me to treat my hair with respect, to not be ashamed of its texture, instead to embrace all it has to offer. In a way when I respect my hair I feel as though I am respecting my past ancestors who have endured inhumane torture because of their features. The Latino community has struggled to embrace the African features in themselves and their culture and that comes from generations of generations of passed down hate. In order to improve this mentality the Latino community has to first acknowledge the African influence found in our physical features and cultures, secondly, we have to respect them, thirdly once we've learned to respect them we have to love and embrace them. As members of the Latinx community, we have to take these steps in order to acknowledge, respect, and embrace our indigenous features and culture as well. When I look at my mother's hair and my hair I look at a part of my family's history apart from being DNA, it is also a physical reminder of generations of generations of passed down history.
For many Chinese people, regional language is a key component of their identity. Within this piece, the Cantonese phrase "sik teng, mm sik gong" (識聽唔識講) is featured. This is a common phrase used to describe individuals in the Chinese diaspora and also has variations. In Cantonese speaking settings, it means, "to understand Cantonese but not be able to speak it." In my experience, this was always said on my behalf and has influenced the way I see myself and my relationship with my heritage. Ultimately, this piece is a reminder to myself and others that have had similar experiences that your identity is yours to define even though it can be frustrating hearing these kind of phrases.