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Microaggressions with Thuc: Being Asian-American and the stereotypes that come with it

May. 29, 2017
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Microaggressions with Thuc: Being Asian-American and the stereotypes that come with it

Welcome to the latest installment of our own Richelle Chen's Microaggressions series! This week, she's talking to Vietnamese-American filmmaker and screenwriter Thuc, who runs the feminist film-centric Twitter feed @BiatchPack on Twitter. Check out the video to hear Thuc get real about what Asian-American women hear on a day-to-day basis, Asian-American representation in the media and the stereotypes women like her have to battle. You can find Thuc on Twitter and Instagram under the handle @paidtobenice.

Wanna know what inspired this project? Take it straight from Richelle:

For the most part, I have had positive interactions with the people I've come across over the course of my life, but there have always been moments that stick with me in which I can't help but feel othered by the way people speak to me. Whether it is conscious or unconscious, microaggressions are very present in everyday conversations towards minorities across the board. It may not seem like a big deal in the moment, but built up throughout an entire lifetime, it can take a toll on any person.

Now in my adult life, I've noticed the topic of microaggressions seems to come up often with my peers; from sharing the most hilarious and absurd things that have been said to us, to words that still shadow over our self esteem to this day. 

I had the privilege of talking to many people with many different backgrounds, who share different, but very similar, experiences. This is the third in my series in which we delve into their insights and personal stories, and how these microaggressions have affected them as the people they are today.