When I get asked the question “Where are you from?”, I’m often taken aback and unsure what to say.

My identity has been shaped by my experience of growing up in two opposing worlds: Manila and Melbourne, where trying to belong to the latter has been somewhat of a challenging task.

Asian Fusion is a recollection of the Asian-Australian experience — where, through efforts by others to try to understand the ‘Asian way’ (may it be through compliments or harmless questions), leaves a subtle — yet lasting — effect on the formation of an identity.

The publication sees the awkward mish-mash of nostalgic elements, serving as a metaphor for the awkward, yet interesting, experience of growing up Asian in Australia.

Insights to the project can be viewed here.

“No, no. Where are you really from?”