Digital America / Issue 19

In Illogical Innocence (2019) Yasmine Anlan Huang explores her identity and how it has changed since moving from Asia to the United States, having been an idol wannabe and immersed in kawaii culture for so long. She presents a tutorial on “How to Be a Former Idol” with an “autobiographical avatar” who interacts with random people on Tinder, provoking responses that illuminate the fetishization of Asian girls and the overall outlook of idol culture. 


Accent Society / I oppose the negative connotations attached to traditionally "feminine" traits

On a more serious note, I would say that my interest in exploring grand narratives from a personal perspective is motivated by a desire to capture a certain "tipping point" feeling. In Chinese, the term for tipping point refers to the moment when a single hair bears the weight of everything (千钧一发). 

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Curator to Go / She Believes in an Eternal and Intense Softness

"Regarding girls, love, and bloodshed, there's something that has been bothering me for a long time: Why do people accept that maintaining a superconductive state requires low temperature and high pressure - how much external force is needed to maintain a state of absolute purity? But, why does a person who insist to maintain an absolute innocence is always regarded as weak, childish, occupying a lower position in the power structure?"

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Tightbelt / To Cultivate a Human Observer

With the idol industry as the centerpiece, Yasmine participates in the intricate economic chain and emotional exchange through the method of "self-cultivation." She chooses to trade her "intuition of love" for a super-rational research perspective, presenting a convincing and surprising artistic form that delivers a striking blow of "girl power" in response to society.

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Monthly Photography / Is it really forbidden?

A female model stands out as an unconventional addition to a protest crowd, with distinct features that set her apart from the demonstrators. Watching Yasmine Huang’s collage work reminds me of the protagonist (Kim Tae-ri) in the Korean movie "1987," who appeared too sophisticated for the turbulent 1980s setting. 


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