What is #100daysians ?
#100daysians is the hashtag I used for my 100 Day Project of illustrations and stories about growing up as an Asian American. I need your help making it into a book!
Why should you support #100daysians?
- Have you ever felt different growing up?
- Did people make fun of you because you didn't look like them?
- Have people ask where you're from and complimented your English?
- Have people attributed certain characteristics to your race?
- Have you (or someone else) used the term 'banana' to refer to an Asian American? Are we really yellow on the outside, white on the inside?
Or do you have an interest in supporting projects spreading cultural awareness and learning from one another?
Then #100daysians is for you!
I started this project as I thought about my upbringing and not seeing Asians in the media or in books and how I felt different from other kids at school.
As I’ve grown older, I found it difficult articulating what it means to be an Asian American, to be someone straddling two different cultures, and dealing with microaggressions as both a minority and a female. So I turned to art. I crowdsourced ideas, found inspiration through conversations with friends, and weaved their experiences with my own. We discussed themes like stereotypes, discrimination, history, childhood, and of course, food.
What have people been saying about #100daysians?
Responses on Instagram reaffirmed what I wanted to accomplish with my 100 Day Project and were all the more encouraging. See some of the comments below.
"Your challenge made me appreciate my culture more and more everyday in a time where I feel like I've lost touch."
"I loved your project since I learned a lot of things I didn't know about Asian culture. Plus, there was...nostalgia in a lot of what you shared since my childhood was filled with...the same stuff you wrote about."
"Beautiful work, and I've been educated too."
Why is it important to tell stories about Asian American culture?
There is a lack of diversity in the media and in publishing and your support will help get more stories about our culture out there. Dialogue around these topics, across all minorities, is picking up momentum and the need to listen and learn from one another is greater than ever. We can learn from other Asian Americans, people with immigrant parents, and any one who grew up differently than we did.
What's next for #100daysians?
Your support will also help me produce this book (including shipping, packaging, and Kickstarter and payment processing fees). It’s almost the holidays, and these make great gifts! Buy one for yourself, buy one for a family member, buy one for an Asian American friend who can relate. If your friend is an angry Asian American – even better!
Book features and specifications
- 5x8 in / 13x20 cm hardback book
- 122 pages with 100 colored pencil illustrations
Check out a few of the book spreads below:
What are the rewards for supporting #100daysians?
With a $15 pledge, you can select from four different print sets below.
With a $30 pledge, you'll get a copy of #100daysians. For $60 or $90, get two or three copies! I'll keep backers updated as I print them during the campaign.
So who's behind #100daysians?
I'm Felicia Liang, a New York based artist and illustrator. I didn't go to school for art, as my Asian upbringing didn't necessarily encourage me to pursue a creative career. But in the funny way that life works, my first venture as an illustrator is a book reflecting on that very upbringing.
My parents immigrated from Taiwan and raised me and my brother in California. I spent a lot of time growing up shying away from the Asian part of my Asian American background, having grown up in a predominantly white community and that need as a kid to fit in.
But with #thisis2016, with white actors given the roles of Asian actors, and with the results of the 2016 election, these conversations are important to engage in and act upon. Let's make it happen.
Risks and challenges
All the creative work is done, so the only thing left to do is print and ship. If everything goes as planned, rewards will be ready for delivery as soon as the campaign ends. Domestic orders should arrive before the holidays, but unfortunately, international orders may roll into the new year.
I am self-publishing the book through Blurb and all 5x5 prints are made through Artifact Uprising. This is my first publishing venture and there may be things of my control, particularly when it comes to mailing. I will keep all backers aware of timelines and progress, including any unforeseen problems.
I love the community that Kickstarter provides and how it could connect me with those interested in illustration and storytelling, particularly sing art to educate and spread cultural awareness. I’m always looking for feedback and suggestions!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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