I took a bit of a break last week and not write to you, but I am sure you are keeping well.
I am excited about a couple of East and South East Asian inspired films that came out in the media recently. Raya and the last dragon, and this week Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings ( I am particularly looking forward to the later, I feel that globally people can experience a bit of the Kung Fu films I grew up watching).
It felt a bit positive, it seems that the Stop Asian Hate campaign is getting more attention and people are more aware to it.
But then, there was the article about Prince Phillip passing that a major-long-standing-media-chief-foreign-correspondent wrote “To her subjects, Prince Philip was the longest-serving consort in British history — an often crotchety figure, offending people with gaffes about slitty eyes, even if secretly we rather enjoyed them.”
When people complained to the newspaper, they got a standardised response that sounds a bit like what Trump would have done. The Trump like response made me think that perhaps the media nowadays operate on WWTD (what would Trump Do) narative.
If you have not already, maybe you can sign the petition to get The Times and the person who wrote it to apologise. Sign it. I personally don’t think it is right for big media to encourage racism and make light of racism. What do you think?
On another more positive note, I discover this cool shop that sells work from East and South East Asian Artists.
Don’t Call Me Oriental
They are based in London, I would call them a social action lifestyle shop by the community. I love Don’t Call Me Oriental because it supports great causes, promote and talk about artists from the diaspora.
The cause they are supporting right now are is Mutual Aid Myanmar .
Check out their great small pop-up exhibitions too.
These are the prints I have my eye on in the shop.
This one by Georgina Leung.
This print summarise my childhood snack growing up in an South East Asian country.
And this print, that looks like a bowl of food I would eat today. This is by Wendy Chan.
After discovering the shop, I read through all the artists profile on their website, and start following them too on Instagram.
Cool right? have you got any East & East Asian Artist work that is worth a look at lately, I love to know.
Ok, got to go now, I need to be making some collages for later on the week.