Asian, Happily Fat, and Genderqueer: Being an Artist at These Intersections

“No one in this world is just one thing.”

Your race, your body, your gender – how do your identities affect your life and career?

Here’s an answer to this question that we can all learn from. Hye Yun Park is a Korean American, happily fat, and genderqueer performance artist, filmmaker, writer, and actor.

If that seems like a lot of “labels” to carry around, just find out what they all mean to Hye Yun. She talks about what it means to be happily fat as an Asian American, to be an Asian American actor, and more.

And her perspective makes it clear why intersectionality is so crucial. This is part of the Race Forward video series #RaceAnd, directed and edited by Kat Lazo.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism


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Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systematic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.

Artist Hye Yun Park wears many hats; filmmaker, performance artist, writer and actor. As a genderqueer fat Asian, Hye uses her many talents to counter act the narrow representation of people of color like herself. To watch Hye Yun visit & follow @hyeheyyun.