Project Voice is going to be a bit unconventional here with our topic of the day: how to blend into the White world as an Asian woman. This interview wouldn't be a success if it wasn't for the creative thinking of Ashley of @angryfeministworkouts. Episode 32 definitely has a head-turning title - and that's really what Ashley and I wanted at the end of the day. The question and central message here is, how do we convert super White dominant spaces into POC friendly spaces? To answer this, we thought that we could have a little fun listing all of the sh*t that's been said to us Asian women on a day-to-day basis and all of the sh*t that we're expected to regurgitate to make ourselves more palatable to White society; we've split up what we wanted to share into four categories: travel, friends and family, food, and general cultural faux paux. Trust me, we could've had more.
Ashley Hermosura is the founder of Angry Feminist Workouts, an Instagram community created because “after you get hit on, sometimes you want to hit back.” It’s ideally for folks who would like a safe space after they feel mistreated from living in the misogyny of the patriarchy (which can also come from women too!) She believes in taking back white spaces (finance, politics, media, beauty, etc.) and is dedicated to creating workshops and classes to break down the collective makeup of these industries and allow for more marginalized communities to enter and thrive and revolutionize these spaces. While a huge advocate of Asian American art and artists, she still thinks Asians have a lot to learn when it comes to community and the goal of Angry Feminist Workouts is to allow a place for healing, growth, and development, unlearning and empowerment of anyone who has ever felt their power taken away from them.