Tso and Ho’s curation of voices and images in Banana takes a hold of powerless stereotypes and works to redefine them. For example, issue 004’s centrepiece is a 70-page feature which asks, “What is Asian American Masculinity and Femininity?” – a section of which comes to life through a short film, premiered above. Featuring Asian dominatrixes Dia Dynasty & Lucy Sweetkill, the feature-cum-short confronts “hyper-sexualised stereotypes, Orientalist fetishisation” and instead takes control of narratives. It’s this approach to collaborating with the community – and, ultimately, giving its voices a platform – which underpins the publication and is what the women believe will lead to societal change. “The best way for us to counter stereotypes is to showcase different voices in our community and let them speak for themselves. By giving different points of view via a platform, we can build a three-dimensional narrative for the contemporary Asian identity that isn’t represented in white-privileged spaces”.

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Inside the world of Asian Dommes in New York by Elizabeth Coop

May 29th, 2018