For people of color, especially Asian Americans, representation shouldn't just be about Hollywood, television, or pop music. It starts way earlier and much closer to home. It starts before your kids even begin kindergarten.
The body positivity and the no makeup movements, with their empowerment slogans such as, "you are beautiful just the way you are," are still equating happiness and self-worth with beauty. That's the real issue here.
A lot of online bullying happens because people want to boost their reputation inside of their own ingroup. They love raking in those likes and those upvotes. Women, people of color and activists get it so much worse.
I have been asked to curate and host a discussion panel of Asian American authors, writers and poets for CityLit Project at the Baltimore Book Festival on September 29th and 30th! The theme I have chosen for this year's panel is the dearth of lighthearted, fun and fluffy reads in Asian American literature. Basically, there are hardly any Asian beach reads. Are we only appreciated if we write tragic, weighty stories?