“how growing up as an asian kid translator helped my empathy skills”

[previously published submission]  This blog entry originally appeared on Katharine Chan’s blog here on October 11, 2018. | More on Katharine Chan: Chan is a first generation Chinese-Canadian. Her parents were born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada in the 1970s. She is a full-time working mother and she also runs a blog called Sum On Sleeve. This is her collaboration with asienne for our Mental Health Awareness Issue.

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#asianaugust: part one–an editorial note

hello hello, asiennes! [cue 🎶Thunder🎶 by Imagine Dragons] we made it through #asianaugust! what a great time to be alive aaaaand be Asian! I never thought this day would come *sobs* 😩😭 if you’re someone like me who’s tried to hide her Asianness, raise your hand🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ I SO wish we had all of these 12, 13 years ago! but I am tremendously happy for the young … Continue reading #asianaugust: part one–an editorial note

crazy rich essays: a Chinese POV

dear asiennes,

we’re very fortunate enough to have writer Maggie Wang contribute her perspective in this month’s issue with her very personal essay (divided into two parts) regarding her Asian, American, Asian-American, and third culture kid experiences.

her thoughts on Crazy Rich Asians allowed her to connect it with her own intersectionally-lived Asian experience(s) and it is as heartfelt and poignant as the movie, itself.

feel free to give it a read and comment on the respective pages with links below 🤓

& if you’d like to submit your own review / commentary / thoughts on Crazy Rich, click here! ❤

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i. crazy privileged asians: a Chinese perspective

Written By: Margaret Rena Wang

 

By now you’ve probably heard these following sayings: 1) how could we have let a quarter of a century (literally a whole generation) go by without a production featuring a majority Asian cast (true to proper representation) on screen?

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ii. stewarding crazy privileges

Written By: Margaret Rena Wang

 

Growing up, I benefited from my parents’ insane hustle to deliver take-out while earning a Ph.D. and post-doctorate at the same time. I was able to have more guidance with my schoolwork to succeed in AP classes and high school extracurriculars because my parents had professional jobs. I also had the luxury of time and being paid attention to with more than just my survival needs.

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