"I've never really fit in anywhere my whole life, except now... I just couldn't relate to many people back in Korea. I moved back to Korea from Canada for 4 years after high school, and I couldn't adjust to my own culture.
In elementary school I was definitely bullied because I didn't hang out with just Koreans – I was always the one to be friends with whoever I click with, and for some reason I couldn't really relate and ended up feeling excluded because I wanted to hang out with other friends too. I supposedly was 'not Korean enough' for them.
I decided to come to United States because I remember visiting NYC when I was very young and telling myself I'm going to move here one day. Here in the United States, everyone tends to accept one another easily and no one readily judges you. You don't really have to hold yourself back and that's how I want to live my life – you can find your niche here and I have found mine in the Lower East Side." — @milkizm
@milkizm is a New York City based artist and creator. Her work is inspired by her upbringing in Korea and the struggle to fit into her Asian culture.
For #APAHM, we partnered up with @yungwolftown to highlight Asian Americans through the #norientalseries, who are using their voices to progress the #AAPI narratives. "Oriental is often used as a misguided compliment usually to reduce our culture into a word because it is rarely fully understood. As Asian women, experiencing all the false stereotypes regarding us is absolutely tiring. Like that we are submissive, quiet and obedient.
There is also a mass fetishization of Asian women in society. All that can be traced back to colonization in Asia. There is a lack in physical representation in media when it comes to Asian Americans. Through these images, it is our way of showing the different variations of Asian femininity that is unapologetic & authentic." — @yungwolftown