As someone that moved to America at the age of 5, I had to try to find my place in a new country and city. As a young child all you want to do is fit in and feel accepted by your peers. The questions becomes how do it become American? What are the unique cultural markers of this place? I created an image to represent my attempt to put on these cultural markers. At the end of it, I still felt out of place. A other worldly creature trying to blend in.
The term “resident aliens” come to mind thinking of Executive Order 9066, which lead to the internment of Japanese America’s during World War 2. A legacy that is all too well alive today at the southern border.