crookedfivefingers:

The historical atrocities and the daily microaggressions. Kids who screamed “Chinese Pig!” and adults who asked in an exasperated tone “I mean where are you from originally?” John McCain and the gooks he could never forgive. Making it to callbacks three times in a row only to never be the “fit” they were looking for. Being complimented on my English. Being criticized on my English. The tingle of nerves bristling at standing next in line to a FOB with a thick accent and a bad haircut, the desire to scream “I’m not with him! We’re not related!”

Sum Ting Wong and Ho Lee Fuk. Dick jokes. Accent jokes. Chinese restaurant jokes. The mute Chinese nerd in the background of the movie. The Chinese lead character being played by a white guy in makeup.

Waking up every day knowing that all of it—the broadcaster accent, the memorized cultural references and song lyrics—isn’t fooling anybody. Your face gives you away. The way you overenunciate certain consonants. The foods that don’t make you retch and the foods that do. The sound of your parents’ voice on the phone.Sum Ting Wong and Ho Lee Fuk. Dick jokes. Accent jokes. Chinese restaurant jokes. The mute Chinese nerd in the background of the movie. The Chinese lead character being played by a white guy in makeup.

medicalillustration:

** This is a catalogue of a few things I’ve encountered recently; all opinions are my own. I have had my fair share of amazing clients and some wonderful collaborations. This is just trying to finally formalize the hard-to-answer and awkward situations; your own…

"If you’re good at something, never do it for free."

Let’s please stop short-changing artists.

jbatesart:

A quick update from the void:

- I’m picking up my pieces from the OC Fair tomorrow. I didn’t win anything, but my meadowlark piece got an honorable mention ribbon! So I can’t say I left empty-handed :D

- My last day of work is in 4 days. Then I’ll be in Berkeley for 5 days. Then I’ll be in Puerto Rico for 7 days. Next thing I know, it’s going to be September!

- Still looking for housing in Monterey for the upcoming year. I’m a little anxious about it, but trying to keep my cool. There are always units that pop up last minute. If all else fails, I’ll commute from Berkeley for a short while until I land a permanent place.

- I haven’t been producing any work lately, which has been a drag. Being on-call for work messes with my rhythm. I started a new painting of a chunk of Acorn Woodpecker granary that I found in a creek basin. I’ll post photos of it soon! Hopefully I can get that finished before I move.