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Artist turns Asian stereotypes into jewelry

Speak English. Slanted eyes. Good at Math. Designer Ada Chen turned these Asian stereotypes into fashion bling.

Asian Stereotypes Portrayed in Jewelry

”Speak English, we’re in America”

Aden Chen, a Chinese-American artist who graduated Pratt Institute with a BFA in Jewelry, has faced discrimination her entire life. Born and raised in San Francisco, it did not occur to her how many microaggressions she faced until she attended college in New York City and noticed how she did not fit in with the Chinese students but instead with American people of color. So she turned her experiences as a Chinese American woman into art.

“My art comes from a place of moving out of self-hatred and accepting who I am. I think it's important to appreciate the differences that you have from the standard, and the standard is not really that standard, because your experiences are just as valid. I think talking about it and encouraging Asian Americans to be loud and bold is like it's going to start, maybe even like a revolution, where we can be whatever we want,” Aden Chen explains to Brut.

”Made in Chinese America”

With almost five million Chinese Americans living in the United States as reported by the U.S. Census, Chen’s jewelry collection Made in Chinese America depicts the stereotypes most Chinese American women face. Her first piece, a chain that connects to both ears that reads “Speak English, we’re in America.” That statement happens to be a quote from herself to one of her friends when she was fourteen. One of her most popular pieces is a set of text message earrings in which she depicts two conversations she had with white men where they either fetishized or insulted her race. Another piece is a necklace made to look like the Cheetos logo but with Chinese slurs on them. She sells every item on her website priced from $40 to $400.

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02/13/2019 12:21 PM
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46 comments

  • Lance K.
    03/01/2019 04:05

    Destroying labels by wearing labels. SMH

  • Abing C.
    02/28/2019 19:18

    Chigga!!

  • Randy B.
    02/27/2019 10:47

    I think Asian women are beautiful and the eyes are sexy

  • ElMamoune B.
    02/25/2019 11:22

    😂

  • Eurika
    02/24/2019 15:23

    crazy rich ching chongs

  • Richelle B.
    02/24/2019 07:07

    Yet there are other people who like to do much the slinky eyeliner thing

  • Kylian D.
    02/24/2019 03:21

    Dig the grills. Great af.

  • Sooraj D.
    02/24/2019 03:17

    Very good for you

  • Asteria d.
    02/23/2019 20:32

    Oh wow I love Chinese people I'm not Asian but always wanted to have their eyes...soooo beautiful

  • Kelsey K.
    02/23/2019 16:54

    In my 24 years of life I have never heard people hating the physical characteristics of Asians, but fetishizing them

  • Anthony T.
    02/23/2019 16:43

    Well can I get one cause some of them fine

  • M R.
    02/23/2019 13:03

    Speak americans, you're in america 😁

  • Barbara V.
    02/23/2019 11:44

    She could do asmr her voice is so smooth

  • Justin W.
    02/23/2019 10:47

    Lol alot of east Africans have slanted eyes....but ok

  • Paola O.
    02/23/2019 01:16

    She sounds like she’s half asleep.

  • Alexandra A.
    02/22/2019 22:39

    I love so much what she's doing, and I love Asian culture but why does she speak like Britney Spears?

  • Fuad H.
    02/22/2019 14:21

    k

  • Stacey F.
    02/22/2019 05:43

    yo necesitar traducción jaja así prácticas para el trabajo xD

  • Geraldine S.
    02/22/2019 03:23

    los “brackets” JAJAJAJAJAJAJA