DeclarASIAN may have launched in 2017, but social justice has been on my mind far before then. With that said, I have a special story about a fellow Asian-American I encountered several years ago.
Meet Katherine Ho:
She was on NBC's The Voice in 2016, where her performances were montaged three times and she was eliminated before the nation ever saw her talent. I was angry; shocked; confused. Finally, someone who looked like me was on my television, and she (and her beautiful voice) got about five pathetic seconds of screen time. The show's winner is eventually determined by public voting, so it was clear the network never wanted to give her a chance.
As a thirteen-year-old at the time, I contacted Katherine in the most practical way I knew how: Instagram DM.
The story only gets crazier from here. Follow along in our animated Instagram story to find out how it all goes down!
Author: Claire Cao
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