nineteen sixty nine: an ethnic studies journal
They are a Hmong us
- Author(s): Yoshimoto, Jave Gakumei
- et al.
I was born and raised in Japan to Chinese parents and have immigrated to U.S. when I was ten years old. I have since moved and resided all over the states. However, because of my travels I have forgotten the majority of my old tradition as what may be called my “old culture.” However, one thing that I have dearly hung onto from my past was a hideous Godzilla toy I owned since I was three years old. Growing up, I was fascinated by the campy and terrible giant monster films, but I couldn't help but notice that wherever Godzilla traveled, he was always attacked by the locals. Relating to the feelings of being attacked and lonely, I painted Godzilla to speak of my struggles with stereotypes and racism, which in turn became a metaphor for my life. These paintings represent my observation of our various cultures across America.