Exploring nuances: I’ve recently read a lot of books that explore the nuances of the Asian American experience. Books like Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong touch on some of the most pressing issues faced by the Asian American community today, especially given the skyrocketing number of anti-Asian hate crimes.
Industry definer: Tyler Mitchell. His work in redefining a new aesthetic of Blackness has changed the fashion and fine art industries. More photographers are exploring identity-based themes in their work, and their voices are creating more visual representation and a plentitude of diverse subjects and stories.
Mind-blowing work: Leslie Zhang’s work in China has always blown my mind—the attention and care he gives to lighting, set design, fashion, and posing and gestures lends itself to a perfect image. His quality of image production is unmatched, in my opinion.
Slowing down: Recently, I’ve been revisiting childhood and high school video game series, like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros., or watching Korean dramas and variety shows. Quarantine has actually forced me to slow down and take time for myself instead of constantly thinking about my work.