I spent many years advocating for other people of color, other minoritized and oppressed groups and being embarrassed of my culture and identity due to colonial thinking and internalized racism.
That dilemma turned into being a confident advocate for my people and there are many other reasons why seeing Gook was mad important to me. When I saw that Justin Chon was coming to do a Q&A in Queens, I just had to see it a second time. I told peeps to come up with questions and rushed to Queens with this pad I designed in high school.
Thank you for dealing with my awkwardness, crying, enthusiasm and everything I got to tell you from activism to dance to how you inspire me. Especially how I can't let BgA, the parody K-Pop group and those songs out of my head even while we was talking lmbo.
During the Q&A, I was still emotional and tryna calm down before asking my question. I was lucky cause it was the last question. But then he was also able to talk in the lobby so we took this pic and I actually got to ask the questions my best friends gave me. Then I was waiting outside to figure out how to get back to Times Square and he came out the theater. Me being me, I was paranoid of bothering him and taking up his time, so I tried to keep the convo short. It's cool that he was chill and nice enough to talk to me while waiting for his Uber ahah.
It made me happy to see all those API names on screen - like Lydia Paek, a choreographer I follow and David Choi, a singer/YouTuber I've met. It made me happy to see his story on the big screen. He's a damn good, talented artist and there's more of them in our community. Support them cause representation matters and their work is damn good.
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