We Are Asian

What if our Asian pride triumphed all hatred?

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the number of racist assaults and hate crimes towards the Asian community has been skyrocketing all over the world, significantly in America. We, the Asian, are punched, kicked, spitted on, mocked, yelled at, and shooed away through no fault of our own, and mass media is flooded with heart-breaking cases.

As Asian ourselves, we are furious about this situation. But instead of adding more fuel to the fire, we decided to switch our lense and shed light on positivity: the tastiest food, the most preserved culture, the hardest-working parents, and the bravest medical staff on the front line amidst this pandemic – those are what make us Asian, and no punch, kick, spit, mockery, or yell would ever wreck our pride on the long way we have come.

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We – the “foreigners”.
We – the yellow-skinned.
We – the slant-eyed.
We – the flat-nosed.
And we – the weird accents.

We – the masterful hands behind Dim Sum, pad thai, pho, ramen, sushi, bulgogi, and bubble tea that spice up American taste bud.
We – the bicultural, the loyal preservers of our own roots. We are American outdoors and Asian indoors. We get the best of both worlds.
We – the children of immigrant parents who left everything behind to come cut grass, pick up aluminum cans, washed the dishes to afford our upbringings in a foreign country.
We – 52.200 nurses and doctors battling days and nights on the frontline of the deadliest nation in the world in this pandemic.
We – the Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Hongkongers, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Filipino, Laos, Singaporean, Indonesian, Malaysian, and Cambodian.

We are not the virus.
We are Asian.

Quynh Tran _ Scriptwriter
Seine Kongruangkit _ Art Director, Animator