Q: re–inc is rooted in our founders' fight for equity as members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. We're all about breaking norms and barriers society has placed on us. How do you reimagine the status quo?
A: Ultimately, hope is key. And hope is an imagination that things can be better and different. So I’m always re-imagining things! We have to. And even though these days seem quite wild and scary and hopeless--it’s also a time to be curious. I’m curious of why I am alive during this time. As a woman. As an Asian American. As an artist. As a daughter. A friend.
I’m comprised of complexities just like everyone else. So I guess I’d say the defiance comes from knowing that I am not restricted by the past or by the media, or by the culture or standards of our society. I’ve learned a lot from my mom. There’s a freedom I have that my mother didn’t. That has given me a lens of how I defy a lot of barriers.
I live in a time/country/city where I am privileged to continue to question how things work, or are done or are expected from me. I don’t know if this makes sense but it’s truly just a posture of knowing I have to take responsibility with what I’ve been given. Ownership. What is normal, may need to be challenged. What is expected might need to be underestimated. I hope I do that with my music--with my work. To write about sadness and emotions but to know we don’t need to be overcome by it. I do hope I do that in my script for sure too. To write about generational trauma and how we can really heal (therapy, community, faith, discipline, guts) and break the “norm” that is a cycle of pain. I hope I do that with my life. :)