Hapa

SEE Spoken Word VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMnOKy-ccXA

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This spoken word entitled “Hapa,” reminded me of the section we most recently covered in class on Asian American art and inevitably the discrimination Asian minorities experience based on how they physically look. Initially seeing his appearance, I admit I did not expect to him to articulate his opinions so fluently as he did by half way through the poem. The speaker, Henry, puts an emphasis on the division between people who are categorized as Asian, as American, and those who are mixed as Asian American. He explains how distant he seems from the essence of his Asian ancestry and how that distance between him and his own culture can be evidently seen by those who fall under the label of Asian alone.

There was one part of his poem that stood out to me most:

“Our very existence breaks the rules of race. We are so often the children of rape. The bastard accidents of colonization. But remember we are also made from love that was called illegal.”

These powerful statements in the poem sort of makes the American in “Asian American” the dominating power that deserves to be considered first. Basically, what I mean to say is that Asians have been known to fall victim to inhumane acts and the violating effects that colonization insinuates. The last line from what I quoted above really did it for me; made me remember how judged and ridiculed Asians can be for simply being themselves, those whom white supremacy always deemed as invalid for value.

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