My Way

By: Cindy Z.

11th Grade, Happy Valley Art School, San Ramon, California,

Artist Statement

I wanted to take a stance regarding the Asian hate movement brought by the pandemic. It made me fear for my own life as I felt insecure about my background. I tried to think of my own ways that I can stop the discrimination through the spread of social media, which I found as a rising trend for teens like me. Knowing that I have the power to stop the hate made me feel the need to speak up and educate others who are unaware of the discrimination brought by differences in races and culture. I created my artwork using acrylic paint. By adding social media and news-like elements, I tried to show the shock as well as the urgent need to stop the hate.