5. Ms. Ng’s essay is followed by more photographs and essays by Haruka Sakaguchi, Leonard Suryajaya, Kathy Lo, Ryan Jenq, An Rong Xu, Tess Ayano, Hiroko Masuike, Elizabeth Wirija, Rozette Rago, Stephanie Mei-Ling and Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet.
Choose another person’s images and statement from this section. Study one of their photographs closely: What is happening in the picture? What more can you find? How does the photograph illustrate love? If you had to give the photograph a title, what would it be?
6. Read the third part of Ms. Ng’s essay, which begins with, “WHEN YOUR FACE MAKES YOU VULNERABLE…” How does Ms. Ng explore Americanness alongside Asian identity?
She writes, “Here I am, this is me.” What does that look like to you? What parts of your identity — nationality, race, religion, gender or anything else — do you choose to celebrate and center? How do you “choose how to be seen” and “select the face you show the world”?
7. Continue to read the final set of photographs and essays by Valerie Chiang, Justin J Wee, Chang W. Lee, Alex Lau, Yunghi Kim, Mary Kang, Jade Thiraswas, Tracy Nguyen and Peter Ash Lee.
Choose one last photograph and statement to study more closely. How does their work relate to the theme “Here I am, this is me,” which Ms. Ng introduced in the previous section of her essay?
8. Read the final piece of Ms. Ng’s essay that begins with, “IN THE MEANTIME, WE SURVIVE…” Why do you think Ms. Ng chooses to conclude her essay in this way? What are you left thinking about or feeling as you finish the piece?