This past Monday, I was walking through the streets of Chinatown, and someone yelled at me “You’re going to starve in World War Three, you yellow piglet!!”
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
It was a painful reminder that no matter where I am, even in “Chinatown”, as a person of colour I don’t belong.
I don’t need to list the reasons why reclaiming culture for a person of colour isn’t popular. It’s much easier – and safer – to “be more white”.
Which is why for me, reclaiming my culture was more than just a journey to embrace my Chinese heritage – it’s an act of resistance:
This video is for every time I was called a “chinky faggot” (by white gay men),
For every time someone laughed at the food I brought to school,
For every date with a rice queen that I’ve ever subjected myself to,
For every time someone is “shocked” that I’m Chinese and I suck at math,
…This video is for a safer future for everyone – including yellow piglets.