By: Frankie Huang
March 16th 2021 was a dark day for the Asian American community. That was the day of the spa shootings in Atlanta, Georgia left eight dead; six of the shooting victims were women of Asian descent. The shooting came at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in which fear-mongering by former President Trump and others like him drove scapegoating of Asians. President Trump repeatedly referred to the virus as “China Virus” and “Kung Flu” – a textbook example of disease racialization that (predictably) helped drive racist violence against Asians in America.
The Atlanta shooting made national news and sparked urgent conversations about racism and misogyny. But those who are familiar with the brusque churn of the news cycle knew that if this moment wasn’t documented and preserved, it would be forgotten.
Gina Kim, executive producer of the new PBS documentary Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March, told Reappropriate that she was determined not to let that happen.
Continue reading ““Rising Against Asian Hate” Looks into the Past and the Future, and Sees Hope”
Reappropriate is delighted and honored to welcome Frankie Huang as our new Co-Editor. Frankie is a Chinese American culture writer, editor, and illustrator whose work focuses on culture, identity and society from the dual outsider/insider perspective of an immigrant, and through the lens of intersectional feminism.
Frankie has extensive experience both as a freelance writer and as the previous deputy editor-in-chief of JoySauce, where she edited reported features, cultural criticism, personal essays, and opinion pieces that interrogate the world and popular culture from the points of view of marginalized identities. Frankie’s work has appeared in numerous outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, Vulture, and McSweeney’s, as well as at Reappropriate. Frankie has also appeared on numerous podcasts and radio shows including Culturally Relevant with David Chen, Model Majority Podcast, They Call Us Bruce and The Takeaway.
Frankie is dedicated to mentoring new writers and helping them find their flow and their voice. We are excited to have Frankie’s vision, energy, and passion join our team here at Reappropriate, and we hope you will stay tuned as we pursue exciting new initiatives.
Author Chanel Miller reveals her identity as Emily Doe in an interview for her book "Know My Name".
By Guest Contributor: Frankie Huang
In the summer of 2016, I was one of millions around the world to read Chanel Miller’s statement to Brock Turner, her rapist. The pain and power in her words shook me then. I was still coming into my feminism, and I was still learning that every victim is imperfect, and that this does not make their suffering any more deserved. Yet, I still struggled with the question: is dignity claimed or earned?
Back when she was still Emily Doe, I wondered if she’s a woman of color like me. I wondered if I deserved to wield the same righteous fury that she did.
Content warning: rape, sexual assault
Continue reading “How Chanel Miller’s Story Inspires Me To Tell Mine”