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Being asked “where are you really from” is yet another way the AAPI community can be made to feel othered by people in their own hometown. 

In response, we flipped the question around, and created a travel poster inspired series, “I’m REALLY From” to instead, champion belonging. We interviewed 10 Asian Americans and paired them each with an illustrator to depict the cities they grew up in with the vibrancy, color and joy they deserve.

Each poster is filled to the brim with details our interviewees shared about their hometowns, memories, family traditions, and elements they associate with home.



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Eva Chen is the Chinese-American director of fashion partnerships at Instagram and children’s book author.

She’s really from New York City.

Illustrated by

Sophia Diao






Noel Quintana is a Filipino-American New Yorker who has shown resilience and joy even after surviving a racially-charged hate crime at the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic.

He’s really from New York City.

Illustrated BY

Lydia Ortiz


On Instagram, we dove deeper into the stories of our subjects, their perspective on the question “where are you really from?”, and the details that can be found in their posters that were taken from their lived experiences.

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Apolo Ohno is a decorated former Olympic Speed Skater and Japanese-American who grew up under the loving guidance of his father.

He’s really from Seattle.

Illustrated by

Bianca Austria
 

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Christina Mui was born and raised in New York City and growing up at several intersections of identity while being heavily involved in volunteering in Chinatown.

She’s really from New York City.

Illustrated by

Deborah Lee


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Shayn Prapaisilp is a representative of his city through and through. His love for its cuisine and Cardinals baseball runs through every fiber of his being.

He’s really from St. Louis.

Illustrated by

Lisk Feng


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Suki Terada Ports grew up after the Second World War and has seen and has been a part of many changes of her home. 

She’s really from New York City.

Illustrated by

Kezia Gabriella


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Kevin Kwan is the author of the worldwide acclaimed novel Crazy Rich Asians. Though he was born in Singapore, his roots grow deep in Texas soil.

He’s really from Houston.

Illustrated by

Jiaqi Wang


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Created PRO-BONO with a special group of FOLX at droga5 

Angela Li, Rik Mistry, Karen Short, Caroline Fahey, Cliff Lewis, Mariel Milner, Cherish Lee, Sarah Khan, Lauren Williams, Abe Nowels, Kenisha Rullan, Albie Eloy, Paul McGuyver, Rachel Scarpelli, & Gabriel Sehringer. 

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