Asians Speaking Up Through Art
Monyee Chau, a multimedia artist of Asian descent from Seattle has fond memories of the Chinatown-International district growing up. She usually spent her time in her family’s Seafood restaurant – a childhood experience that ultimately inspired her art. But due to virus-related closures, Chau’s paradise became a thing of the past.
In April, a restaurant owner from the area witnessed a group of men wearing dark sunglasses unabashedly plastering stickers with the slogans “Better dead than red” and “America first.”
“It goes back to the same rhetoric that white folks have used about China and communism and the ‘Chinese virus,’” said the artist, adding that she felt unsafe that white supremacists could literally be one’s neighbor.
Despite being scared, she felt the need to act. Inspired by her Chinese protective charms, she went on to design a poster with bold red letters that says “Chinatown, Filipinotown, Japantown, Little Saigon were all built on resilience. We will survive this, too.”
Chau is not the only artist brave enough to heed the call to protect her fellow Asians. Instagram and social media have also become vital platforms to release relevant content on the issue.