Special Feature on Asian American History II: Art Roundup

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

(L to R) “30°N” and “Wanderlost” (2-4) by Sunnie Liu
Medium (L to R) : ink and colored pencil, colored pencil and collage

Pieces by Chelsea Jia Feng

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“Saving Face” (2020)
Digital, Screenprint 

This piece is about my experiences with hiding my true emotions as an Asian woman. Too often I have  minimized myself in the past in order to not cause a stir, but I have found that these feelings always  find a way of leaking out one way or another, and it more often than not is a disservice to myself when  I am denying my true emotions, or when someone is being disrespectful to me.


“Beijing” (2020)  

This piece was inspired by my childhood memories in Beijing. My family is from Beijing but I only moved there when I was ten years old. Although I felt alienated from the culture at times, I remember the awe I would feel when I would fly Chinese kites with my mom, looking up at the beautiful designs soaring up in the sky above me while the wind blew the kites away into the horizon.

“No, I’m not “Just” a Stay-at-Home Mom” (2021)

This piece was inspired by an article that I read about an Asian mother taking a leave from her job to  care for her child, and her struggle with walking a tightrope between being a meticulous mother and  still holding onto her former self. She describes her Asian aunts as smiling approvingly at her  commitment to stay home, but describes their disinterest in her intellectual activities. Especially during  the pandemic, many women have been forced to lay off their careers as a result. It is shocking to see  the lack of cultural and policy shifts to counter this. 


Make it “Escapism” (2020) 

This piece was inspired by a dream I had where I had a little girl right beside my pillow, looking as if  she wanted to escape out into the night. I was in my last year of college so I attributed this dream to  some growing pains and uncertainty about my future.

Overachiever Magazine was started by Rehana Paul in October of 2018 to give a platform to all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities.

Our name is poking fun at the stereotype that all Asians are overachievers, especially Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. It’s also in recognition of all of us who have had no choice but to be overachievers: managing societal expectations, family obligations, and educational opportunities, all while fighting the patriarchy.

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