What does pursuing joy look like as we reflect on the recent rise of gendered, anti-Asian violence? How do we, as frequent objects of desire, reclaim the gaze as active subjects? What makes us feel good? What do we want?
Love Me Long Time (2021 – ongoing) is an audiovisual project that examines overlapping themes of desire, intimacy, and Asian identity through portraits and oral interviews with Asian diasporic/Asian-Australian women and nonbinary people.
While there are no resolute answers, I hope that this work offers a catalyst for conversation, where we are free to hold our own ambiguous truths. Ultimately, it is a collaborative archive that rewrites desire from our perspective, offering dynamic realities in place of flattened tropes.
CW: Sex, anti-asian racism, sexism, disordered eating.