This short tik tok video depicts a part of my life where I was struggling for four years and then finally found happiness. The loss of loved ones and the four mental hospitals I’ve been to due to depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety doesn’t stop me from being happy. While working on this piece I realized how far I’ve come in life- overcoming those difficult challenges and all the hard work finally paid off.
I wrote this poem because we never know what other people are going through. So many people have been through a lot of struggles in life (mental health struggles, family struggles, etc.), including me, so we need to be kind to one another. I hope this poem helps inspire teenagers that have struggled in life to always have hope.
My piece shows a group of Asian Americans that are real people who have been victims of hate crimes in the U.S – both victims who have died, and those that have survived, in a courtroom in front of a judge depicted to be ignorant and dismissive of their injustice. Alongside the table are the excuses made in the courtroom to make it seem like hate crimes are just a normal thing for Asians and shouldn’t be taken seriously. Asian Americans are not always protected in the legal system and are sometimes ignored and Asian hate is not deemed as important enough to have a case.
‘Justice for Everyone’ was inspired by the idea of breaking through racial prejudice, using broken glass to symbolize what we see and what some ignore. The crashed window symbolizes an opening, breaking with past injustice, the wall of life crushed and the pieces falling from the window are no longer as important as coming together as people. The bright yellow center is the hope of all people respecting each other’s rights regardless of their mental health status, race, or thoughts. The wristband they are wearing represents what they are supporting. There are some people supporting mental health by wearing wristbands with the hotline for mental health, someone supporting black lives, hope, and stop for hate crimes.It is about the diversity of people uniting together and demonstrating justice for everyone.
My illustration depicts “The First Lady of Physics”, Chien-Shiung Wu, as well as Tsung-Dao Lee and Yang-Chen Ning, two figures with significant contributions to parity violation. These individuals made a crucial contribution to physics by disproving the law of conservation of parity, outlining that the laws of physics must remain the same for two systems that are mirror images of each other. Lee, Ning and Wu all contributed to the conclusion that parity could not be assumed in all instances, particularly in weak interactions, however only Ning and Lee walked away with a Nobel Prize in Physics. Using the idea of two mirrored images behaving differently, I illustrated how the scientists were all crucial to the experiment, but only Lee and Ning were recognized/reflected. Wu would receive a Wolf Prize several years after the experiment, but it is no doubt that her contributions to parity violation were overlooked, exemplifying the gender bias that has been fostered not only in STEM, but also across the globe for several years. Wu was not only an incredible physicist, but also an advocate for equality in STEM, questioning if “…the tiny atoms and nuclei, or the mathematical symbols, or the DNA molecules have any preference for either masculine or feminine treatment” (Chien-Shiung Wu at MIT, 1964). Such instances of injustice can easily be excused as things of the past, but it is crucial that we acknowledge how gender discrimination has, and still does, prevail in the world.
A film about a youth feeling overwhelmed by the ‘noise’ of present day society – from social media, the needs of their friends, and world events.
A group of youth discuss how gratitude postively impacts their mental health.
Inspired by the tv show ‘Moesha,’ a youth narrates thier diary entry, discussing the issue of kids and teens of color who get kidnapped or taken everyday and the lack of news coverage or action.