There is often tension between eastern and western influences in the lives of Asians who have grown up or spent a significant amount of time in western societies, and we often feel like parts of us are at odds with each other - whether that is choosing elements of one culture over the other, or trying to find a happy medium between both.
Generally known to mean ‘Australian or American-born Chinese’, we wanted ‘ABC’ to be a term that individuals of all Asian identities could resonate with, because not everyone who is Asian in a western society is of Chinese descent. Whether this means being born in a western society or having moved to one for school, university, or work, we feel this ‘issue’ of holding the values of two cultures within oneself - the ‘ABC’ issue - is relatable for those of all Asian descents, and thus, the term ABC - an Asian Between Cultures - was coined.
We started THE ABC ISSUE* because we feel that ABCs don’t often get an opportunity to share these types of experiences with people around them. We wanted to create a space where that can happen - where cultural differences can be celebrated and understanding can be sought.
Initially launching with a collection of stories written by Asians Between Cultures from six different cities across Australia and launching globally in 2019, THE ABC ISSUE provides a platform for ABCs to share aspects of their lives and culture with a wider audience, raise awareness of their experiences, and provide a unique perspective on life as an Asian Between Cultures.
*Currently undergoing changes to Moonrise, previously known as THE ABC ISSUE.
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