Special Feature on Asian Hate: Art Roundup

Each issue we feature art created by Asian women and nonbinary individuals around the world. Here are this issue’s pieces!


“thoughts.” by Zoe Kim


“Eater”  by Chloe Sun // IG: @gallery.of.sun / @chloe.y.sun Medium: oil painting on canvas  Artist’s Note: As I sit now, swept up amidst a pandemic often called the "Chinese virus" or "kung flu," once small, dismissable comments had evolved into an endless tirade of hate and disgust, calling me and my brothers and sisters dirty, uncivilized eaters. Eaters of bats, eaters of dogs, eaters of things the prim and proper and pristine Western inhabitants of the world would never dream of touching. It was because of the eaters that this pandemic--a miserable, devastating, thing--was here. Not the poor downplayed governmental responses, not the indignant refusal of thousands to wear a simple mask, no--it was because of the eaters. Seeing something so incredibly wrong and damaging drove me to create this piece--something just to address that I, the apparent eater of dogs and bats and who knows what else, am not the one to blame. Asia is not dirty, it is not savage, it is not backward. The eaters are tired of being your scapegoat.

“Eater” by Chloe Sun // IG: @gallery.of.sun / @chloe.y.sun
Medium: oil painting on canvas
Artist’s Note: As I sit now, swept up amidst a pandemic often called the “Chinese virus” or “kung flu,” once small, dismissable comments had evolved into an endless tirade of hate and disgust, calling me and my brothers and sisters dirty, uncivilized eaters. Eaters of bats, eaters of dogs, eaters of things the prim and proper and pristine Western inhabitants of the world would never dream of touching. It was because of the eaters that this pandemic–a miserable, devastating, thing–was here. Not the poor downplayed governmental responses, not the indignant refusal of thousands to wear a simple mask, no–it was because of the eaters. Seeing something so incredibly wrong and damaging drove me to create this piece–something just to address that I, the apparent eater of dogs and bats and who knows what else, am not the one to blame. Asia is not dirty, it is not savage, it is not backward. The eaters are tired of being your scapegoat.

“I’m Not Your Miss Saigon” by Jillian Montilla


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“Take Out Asian Hate” by Tessa Hilford // IG: -@lycheeleeart
Medium: Digital Illustration


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“Yelling Rose” by Abigail Aguisanda // IG: abigailuna_

Medium: Mixed media


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“Papa & Mama” by Nikiya Crisostomo // IG: @paintandpalate.nkbc

Medium: Watercolor, Ink, Acrylic on Mixed Media Paper


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“The Oppressed” by Glory Gage // IG: @gloryggage
Medium: Pencil ead

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