People Of color by elena liao
Oftentimes, color is used as a descriptor for races; white, black, brown, and yellow have been used as descriptors for a range of ethnicities. I explored the use of terms and concepts like "black criminality," "white trash," "brown voice," and "yellow fever" by having my subjects play with different props and poses that exposed the reductive nature of using the color of a person's skin to target ethnic groups. Not only was my aim to discredit the negative connotations of color stereotypes, but to urge my subjects to embrace their individual complexions in a new way. Shame can spiral into silence over racial discomfort, leading people to shy away from their natural color palette instead of accentuating it. I wanted people to flip the way they viewed their own skin color to a mode of self-empowerment, instead of shame, thus reconceptualizing what it means to silence a stereotype in a more positive method.
Sharod - What is "black criminality"?
Sally - What is "white trash"?
Naina - What does it mean to have a "brown voice"?
Tommy - Where does "Yellow Peril" exist?
As an Asian American woman, I feel that it is inappropriate for me to act as if I am asking what "yellow peril" is. Rather, in this section, I will answer what it means to me.