Pride: Our April Series
A pair of portraits: one intricately embroidered, the other splashed with bold colors. Explorations of the self, typeset introductions in Pan-Asian languages, and history lessons on countries of origin. The artwork and writing of our April series deeply recognize our backgrounds in Asia as members of the diaspora community, and draw upon it as a source of pride.
The painting Proud to Be Asian by Eason Tang splashes us with a glowing, colorful visual introduction to its proud subject.
The essay "Proud to Be an Asian American" by Alan Ban recounts some of the author's personal favorite things about the continent of Asia.
The essay "I am Proud to Be Asian" by Brendon Wang takes a deep dive into the inventions, holidays, and historical dynasties of Ancient China.
The artwork Unique by Kevin Ni uses a standout format to deliver a poignant portrait of a young Chinese man.
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Proud to Be Asian: Eason Tang
Proud to Be an Asian American
I am proud to be an Asian American. I am going to show you this by the good food, cool plants & trees, and fascinating animals that Asia has.
I am proud to be an Asian American because Asia has fascinating animals. For example, the Chinese dragon is a fantasy mythical being and it is relevant to the history of China. Asia also has pandas which are the cutest animals to exist.
Asia has great trees and plants. There are a lot of cherry blossoms in Asia in March or April. They are pink in color, which is my favorite color. They also only bloom in spring and they don’t grow cherries.
Asia has good food. Chinese breadsticks (油条) are good for breakfast, because they taste good and you can make them small or big depending on how you make the dough. And you can bend them and make them smaller to eat them easily. Japanese sushi is also delicious and healthy because it has a lot of seafood and vegetables.
All and all, I think Asia is pretty good because of those reasons. I hope you also agree with me. Therefore I am proud to be an Asian.
Alan Ban is a third-grader at Decatur Elementary School.
I am Proud to Be Asian
As a Chinese American, I am proud because China has a long cultural history of 5000 years! China has 23 dynasties, including Xia, the first known dynasty in China, and Qin, the first dynasty that united China. Also, there is the Tang dynasty, the greatest dynasty in China. The culture and economy expanded very quickly during the time. It was the golden age of poetry, painting, tricolored glazed pottery, and woodblock printing. The last dynasty is the Qing dynasty.
China has 24 holidays, so it is a lot of time to celebrate. They include Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year, an annual 15-day festival in China and Chinese communities around the world that begins with the new moon, which occurs between January 21 and February 20. Chinese Memorial Day is a traditional Chinese festival and an important day of sacrifice to sweep tombs and commemorate ancestors. On this day, tomb-sweeping is one of the most important and popular activities to show respect to ancestors.
Also, China has tons of inventions that changed the world. The most famous ones are the Four Great Inventions of Ancient China. The Compass is an instrument for orientation and navigation, and it appeared for the first time in China between the 2nd century BC and 1st century AD. In the 9th century, Gunpowder was made by Chinese alchemists searching for an elixir of immortality. It is a mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. Papermaking is a technique of making paper and has been known in China since the 2nd century BC. In about 105, Cai Lun created a sheet of paper using mulberry and other bast fibers with fishnets, old rags, and hemp waste. Printing is a process for reproducing text and images. In China, printing was improved with the technique of woodblock printing.
My ancestral homeland has a lot of places to see, such as the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications that were built across the historical northern borders of ancient Chinese states and Imperial China as protection. Several walls were built from as early as the 7th century BC, with selective stretches later joined together by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. There is also the Terracotta Army. The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang. The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong County, outside Xi'an, Shaanxi, China.
I am very proud to be an Asian American who contributed to America.