Dear @ashyeol, I think you just made my entire day/week/month/year!!! This is the sweetest thing EVER. You are most awesome and I cannot be more thankful to be your friend!! T^T I love it <333333 omg the bracelets kind of made me cry. <333333
Since everyone else was doing it, though I was curious for myself haha. 2013 was a crazy year but you don’t see it in my 5 most liked photos. Looking forward to 2014!! You guys better like more photos, but less of my ootd’s please!! Lol
Was so happy last night. #sandwichmanila the amazing @mapins and super nice @dayglo1 @raymsmercygun @don_pacquing !! Kagabi lang ako nanuod ng Sandwich ng fully sober at walang wild crowd wow. Pero sobrang nakaka miss. #rakenrol!!! Just happy there were 2 guys beside me who knew all the lyrics to the anthem songs too and I enjoyed watching/jumping beside them lol (at Busby’s East)
Oh, no, I’ll always be alone. I’ll never hear the sound of someone calling me home. #favorite #mytruths #runrivernorth #lyingbeast @runrivernorth’s last residency night. Going to miss my Wednesday nights here.
Thank you all so much for the show you put on last night, and for the broader mission that you all serve.
I imagine at how difficult it must be to create and deliver a good, large-scale, 3-hour production on a shoe-string budget, with a team of non-professional volunteers, while working a full-time job and keeping your own lives in order, trying to deliver on the hopeful expectations of sponsors, staff, donors, potential donors, attendees, performers, friends, family, and, oh, also the entire Asian-American community…and all I have to say at the end of that is “thank you.” Regardless of how good or how bad any show past, present, or future, went or goes, thank you for how much you fight to create opportunity for Asian-Americans.
There were several moments throughout the night that spoke to me deeply, and I wanted to share about a few of them, to your encouragement.
The On The Street Interviews
Role models and pioneers go to places for us that were never before reached, and they show us that its possible. They give us license to dream and to pursue. They make the impossible, possible; the unrealistic, realistic. They become our voices and our ambassadors.
That’s why I loved that you all started the show with a video of two reporters interviewing random people on the streets, asking them to name one influential Asian-American. No surprise, everyone had to think about that one a bit… It was such a simple and such an effective question that gave us all a gauge on where we are. Because who are our voices? Who are our heroes? Our ambassadors? Who breaks the boundaries for us?
Troy Osaki’s Spoken Word Poem
I love spoken word poetry, so I was happy to see a spoken word poet of Asian-American descent on stage at Kollaboration. I was even happier when you all gave Troy a second shot in light of the audio issues. Good call.
Troy delivered commentary on how Asian-Americans have been forced to be ashamed of our heritage and of our identity. About how we have been pressured into looking, talking, and acting like anything but ourselves. He mentioned the way we are made fun of for our narrower eyes.
It spoke to me deeply, and made me resolve to stamp out any deeply-programmed self-consciousness I had left in me, and fully embrace my Korean heritage. To go forth into those rooms and places where I am the only Asian-American with complete self-respect and pride.
Possibly my favorite act of the night. I thought he used humor masterfully to make some really deep points. I was laughing almost as much as I was thinking.
Google “American,” “European,” and then “Asian.” Enough said.
And PK couldn’t have made a more necessary and relevant statement with his words on jealousy, hate, and judgement within our communities. We definitely see a lot of this in the hyper-performance/achievement oriented Asian culture many of us grew up in. PK stressed that we need to grow out of this, to stop hating on others who were dreaming, trying, failing, succeeding…but to love, support, and encourage one another. That this would be the way we could truly rise to our potential.
"Don’t be a hater, find something greater."
The Nielsen Representative
I thought it was great that Nielsen came out and made the statement that they did. Money carries a great deal of influence, and for us to be reminded that our affluence is being noticed by marketers, and that it gives us a collective voice in board rooms was encouraging for me.
As a dreamer, I appreciate Kollaboration’s mission to create opportunities for our community’s pioneers.
As an aspiring artist, with many friends who are struggling full-time Asian-American artists, I appreciate how Kollaboration showcases talented individuals creative abilities and statement it makes to the world.
As an entrepreneur, I appreciate the persistence, grit, and determination Kollaboration’s leadership has to make vision a reality.
And as the, often, only Asian-American in many of the places my curiosity and ambition takes me, I appreciate Kollaboration’s ability to organize the mission to breakthrough, and the encouragement that brings to the lonely trailblazers out there who are pushing hard everyday in their offices, in their studios, in their gyms, and in their classrooms.
Many of us, at some point, have wondered if our dream was “realistic.” Being an accountant? Realistic. Being a musician? Unrealistic. Being a teacher? Realistic. Being a professional basketball player? Unrealistic. Being a lawyer? Realistic. Being a dancer? Unrealistic. Being a doctor? Realistic. Being a rapper? Not a chance.
We probably loved that one thing, and we might have been really good at it, too, but somewhere down the line, people told us “No, that’s not realistic. You can’t do it and you shouldn’t do it. Stop, don’t pursue it” Our parents, our friends, society, ourselves…So thank you for being one of our clarion-call voices, standing in the gap, believing despite not being able to see it (yet), and saying “Yes, it’s realistic.” I’m sad when I think at how many amazing artists, athletes, and innovators never came out of our community in our generation because we told ourselves it was “unrealistic,” but I’m ever excited at the ones who will make it out, thanks in part to the work you all do.
I’m looking forward to being a regular supporter of Kollaboration from here on out. Keep up the good work, and keep on fighting the good fight. A lot of us really appreciate it.