Chinatown Confessions: ‘Cute’ Illustrations Hope to Spark Big Conversations About Racism
Titled Chinatown Confessions, we get a good idea of some of the encounters the designer and illustrator faced during her time in Austin, Texas, where she is currently based. From the usual boring, “No, no, where are you really from?” to “Your food is weird!” unwarranted, often racist remarks, Jasmine’s series revolves around stereotypical elements with clear handwritten messages. eyes!” and an adorable lucky cat reads “I’ll cry if I want!”
“I wanted to share my frustrations with the recent rise in violence against Asians, due to the pandemic, in an accessible format without diluting the truth,” Jasmine told Creative Boom. “Having conversations about racism can be uncomfortable, so I thought using cute art would grab people’s attention while leaving them with an important message to reflect on.”
Like much of Jasmine’s work, Chinatown Confessions’ whimsical artwork is filled with bright, uplifting color alongside playful, almost childish tones, often featuring strong female characters and Asian cultural representation. With a bachelor’s degree in social work and a certificate in visual design, Jasmine uses creativity as an opportunity to discuss “important sometimes difficult” conversations about relationships, mental health, social issues and spiritual growth.
If you read the posts in this series and nodded, you might be happy to know that you can buy Jasmine’s art in the form of fun stickers, t-shirts, and tote bags. . Find out more via its online store. And you can follow more of his series and other works via Instagram.