The overall theme to my work is intersectionality between my sexuality, race and gender. My zines are about being an Asian American and a queer person of color. I am specifically Chinese-Cambodian so my zines go into the culture and life of Cambodians post Khmer Rogue. I talk about what my childhood was like, Khmer rock n' roll and growing up with musicians as my parents in Long Beach. My comics are about superheroes, sci-fi, and horror themed story telling. My personal zines are about dating and drinking lots of beer. The most important thing I want to show people is that Asian women can be drawn in so many different ways and not just a big eyed-erotic-infantilized-light-skinned-passive-sex object. Fuck that shit!
My favorite thing about making zines is that I have full control over everything I write and draw down to the paper and design. I love being able to tell my own stories and having the skills to illustrate them. It's been very educational through trial and error. Tinkering around with printing techniques has been fun and getting to fold and staple zines is so satisfying! I also love mailing them out to people. I have a handful of readers in France!
My biggest challenge in making zines is finding the time and energy to get them done to be honest. Having a full time job, commuting, painting work for gallery shows, freelancing, and hitting the gym and finding time to eat and sleep and maybe see friends once in a while is a pain in the ass. I've had to change my way of working from wanting so badly to get all done at once, to being patient and thinking through the work and doing it one day at a time.
I want people to know I am also an illustrator and I take commissions! I love doing workshops or speaking on a panel. I also run Young Blood Pop-Up Show and I'm looking for gallery spaces and artists for the next show. Feel free to contact me if any of that interests you!