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To My 21-Year-Old Self

Even though you didn’t say “no” in what you’ve been told is the “right” way to say no, you were saying no.

Editor’s Note: The following graphic nonfiction piece is part of the notebook #WeToo, a collection of work published both in the Journal of Asian American Studies and in part here on The Margins. Together, this body of work provides language and theory for lived-experiences of sexual violence in what is usually dismissed as privileged, unafflicted model-minority life. The #WeToo collection is edited by erin Khuê Ninh and Shireen Roshanravan. Accompanying the series on The Margins is artwork by Catalina Ouyang. 

The following piece references sexual violence and rape culture. Please take care while reading.

Read more from the series here. And continue reading work from the full collection in the February 2021 issue of the Journal of Asian American Studieswhich you can purchase here 


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Picture above, by Catalina Ouyang, exhibition view from it has always been the perfect instrument:

2-channel video, full text archive of [Conclusion and Findings] (2017—) as of January 2020, 2 flatscreen video monitors, abandoned chaise lounges, steel, plaster, burlap, Celluclay
dimensions variable, 4 hour loop