As the deadline for submissions closed, I was challenged on the use of one of my icons and thus, my own representation of "Asian" in public spaces in regards to the carnival. When I sat down to think of way to be more representative of Asian women as whole in 100x100 pixels, I realised that this impossible and misleading task was why I had started the carnival in the first place.
We, Asian women, cannot be defined simply or solely by geography, from east to west, north to south, nor history nor culture nor ancestry. Different groups of people lay claim to and define themselves as "Asian", Women who identify as and are identified as Asian may never set foot outside the Asian continent or indeed set foot on Asian soil. In the same way, different groups of Asians are excluded under this umbrella term I find so hard to define because of the way "Asian" is defined by dominant majority groups. In the U.S., Asian means East Asian. In the U.K., Asian means South Asian. The various different identities resulting from the multiple diaspora cultures and native cultures in South East Asia makes "Asian" a far more complex concept than it is in an overwhelmingly mono-ethnic Korea.
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