i am a shrimp, and these pages are my chips.

what: shrimp chips is a place for the exploration of arts & culture coming out of the Asian diaspora today. it focuses primarily on the english-speaking world–usually the US, Canada, and UK, since, sadly, that’s the realm i know best. i’m hoping to write to and for my fellow diasporasians, because so often, we are not deemed a worthy audience to write to, even by folks within our own communities. that said, i welcome everyone–all five of you.

why: the blog is called shrimp chips, after the legendary snack, because here, we stan only legends–legends who reflect our lived experiences. legends who come in all shapes and sizes. legends who unite the diaspora.* it may seem like naming a blog after the equivalent of doritos to our non-diaspora Asian counterparts, but in a way, that also serves as an acknowledgement that we do experience our cultures differently as a result of being displaced or uprooted.

that said, diaspora or not, food is everything to us. it’s how we show love, and i would love for this blog to do the same.

a note: i don’t specifically include Pacific Islanders here, because i want to honor the fact that many Pacific Islanders feel more aligned with Native & Indigenous communities & struggles than they do with Asian ones. and while i like the idea of all of us being in community in such a way that warrants the AAPI/API/APA labels, i also acknowledge that those labels may feel untrue to many Pacific Islanders and that i personally can’t speak as confidently to the “PI” in “AAPI.”

*while shrimp chips are largely found in Southeast and East Asia, the South Asian homies know what’s up too. not that they need shrimp chips in their already-robust snack arsenals, but i have witnessed the unifying power of the shrimp chip, and it is mighty.