Where Are You Really From?

Asianati Staff

May 01, 2022

“Where are you really from?”
It’s a question nearly every Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) person has been asked countless times. It may seem like a harmless query, a desire to know more. But to the person being asked, it's an entirely different experience.

For AAPI Heritage Month, Asianati and our parent organization, the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati wanted to invite our community to dig deeper into that question.

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Our First Zine
On May 1, we debuted "Where Are You Really From?," a compilation of art and creative writing about what it means to be Asian American and Pacific Islander in the Midwest.

23 people shared their experiences through personal essays, poetry, photography, and illustrations. We published two editions: a black and white edition as a nod to the DIY spirit of community-published zines and art books, and a full-color digital edition that includes submissions from three additional artists.

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áo dài trang by Vy Pham and What We Lost to the Water (And What We Gained From Drowning) by Thy Hoang from the Digital Edition of "Where Are You Really From?"


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Limited copies of "Where Are You Really From?" are available at Joy and Matt's bookstore, Cincinnati's only Asian-owned bookstore.

Joy and Matt's Bookstore 1515 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202