So...what is DeclarASIAN?
Technically, we aren't a non-profit (yet). Rather, we are a movement. DeclarASIAN represents the growing wave of Asian teenagers across the globe as we learn to accept and empower ourselves and our culture. Our movement is made possible by you guys. Our readers.
One of our defining features is highlighting "Declarations" submitted by young Asian activists, and to give them a voice.
This feature was especially important to me, because I felt like there wasn't a real place I could speak my mind on issues regarding my ethnicity and culture. I remember as a kid, I would turn to reddit anonymous communities to talk about my insecurities and struggles. No one else seemed to want to listen, and it wasn't something I wanted to talk about with my family. By allowing others to voice their opinions on this platform, we are able to create a community for safe engagement and expression.
In other words, I felt alone growing up as an Asian-American in a predominantly white town. While I am positive that everyone has different experiences, whether it be growing up in a town where you feel like a minority, or in a town where you aren't a minority, most of us have faced the same struggles of embracing our culture.
Long term, I think the goal for me and Claire is to transform DeclarASIAN into a movement beyond the screens. We aim to create a global community of ambassadors who will spread our message and continue empowering each other with events and opportunities to get involved in person! That may be a long way away, but I believe that our message is more than important enough to spread.
This all starts with you.
Submit your declaration today and join the movement!
Author: Carina Sun
8/4/17- It's Time for Asian-Americans to Join the Movement
8/5/17- The DeclarASIAN Movement
8/13/17- RepresentASIAN: Interview with Author Jennifer 8. Lee
9/2/17- RepresentASIAN: Interview with Rockette Jackie Aitken
9/17/17- Diversity Vlog: Carina's Visit to China
9/20/17- Facing History and Ourselves
10/14/17- Asians and Hollywood
11/16/17- RepresentASIAN: Interview with Future Congresswoman Lindy Li
12/20/17- RepresentASIAN: Interview with Nike Cinematographer Daisy Zhou