By Ava McCoy-Johnson
This is a piece I created in response to the rise in hate crimes against Asian people in America since Covid-19 hit, but also to depict the struggles Asian people have always faced in America—that have been present since the very beginning. My inclusion and representation of the different regions of Asia speak to how we do not “all look the same,” are a diverse/wide range of people, and fight the too commonly overlooked stereotypes that come with being a minority in the U.S.
This painting was done in acrylic using a squeegee method, and pen ink for the faces. The American flag colored strokes over their facial features (mainly mouths) symbolize the censorship, gaslighting, and silencing Asian people face in this country.