I had the opportunity to collaborate with Asian American Federation and Droga5 on their latest campaign ‘Hope Against Hate’, addressing the issue of racism and violence towards AAPI community.

Getting asked where you’re REALLY from in your own hometown is all too common in the AAPI community. To flip the script, the campaign highlighted 10 personal stories that show where Asian Americans are really from.

On first glance, they appear to be travel posters for far-away destinations. But a closer look reveals they’re actually posters for New York City, Houston, Seattle, San Diego, and St. Louis.

Through this campaign, I was assigned to illustrate the childhood stories of Suki Terada Ports, an esteemed statesperson in her neighborhood and an activist for the larger diverse—and AAPI—community. She grew up as a Japanese American in Harlem, New York right at the peak of Japanese racism during World War II. This experience has left her with a wealth of fascinating stories and a unique perspective on her cultural and ethnic identity.

The poster is available for purchase here.