Asian Spaces is my little contribution to letting Asians around the world speak up and be heard. To increase the Asian representation. Every week, one Asian will be able to share their story, their experiences and thoughts through texts and art.
Why? (shortly put)
I'm a Chinese Korean, born in China, who was adopted to a family in Norway close to the age of 2. I grew up in a small Norwegian town and never quite felt at home. I grew up being teased for the things that made me different, for everything that made me less Norwegian.
The constant jokes and comments about the way I looked, and the place I came from, made me loathe everything Asian about myself. I refused to learn mandarin as a child, even when the opportunity presented itself. I legally removed my Asian middle name at 16. I laughed along the jokes to fit in, even making my own jokes and stabs at my own ethnicity. I bleached my hair and did my makeup to look as Norwegian as possible. And it's not that bleaching your hair or doing your makeup in a western style is bad, but the reason why I did it was.
Already at 10 years old, I knew I wanted out of Norway. I quickly figured out I had to move to somewhere bigger, somewhere with more diversity and open mindedness to everything outside the norm. I had to get out and explore more, to feel more... free. And, it wasn't until I was 18, that I realised that being Asian didn't have to be a negative thing.
I’m now on a journey of reclaiming myself, and my identity of being multi-cultural. I am not just Norwegian, and I am not just Chinese or Korean. I am all three. I'm currently 22, and so incredibly proud of being Asian, for being who I am. I'm finally open to learning about my background, and I feel confident and secure with who I am x
I'll see you all soon ^^