"I now consider myself very lucky to have the perspective of an Asian American."

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5.29.2018

Q&AZN: Meet Refinery29 Instagram Manager Lindsay Arakawa

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, editors Kathleen Tso and Vicki Ho of Banana Magazine are taking over Milk with eight different features, highlighting some of their community’s best and brightest creatives. Next up? Artist & creative strategist Lindsay Arakawa

Lindsay Arakawa is a fellow Earth sign, complete baesian, and one our Instagram muses through the relatable content she helps put up for Refinery29 as their creative social strategist (not to mention the quirky content on her own personal ‘gram, @blindsaay). A featured writer for Banana Magazine issue 004, Lindsay helped curate a cheeky Terrace House insider’s quiz to find out which character readers most resemble. Read more below to see how Lindsay uses her Japanese and Hawaiian roots in her daily creative flow.

What is your heritage?

Japanese American.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? 

Born and raised in Aiea, HI and currently live in Brooklyn, NY.

Who is an APA creative that you look up to? 

I really love and have always been continuously inspired by my coworker, Connie Wang (@conconwang). Connie is a Senior Features Writer at Refinery29 and I’ve been following her and her work ever since I found out about R29 as a company. Everything from her new video series Style Out There to her hilarious captions on Instagram (and all things in between)—to me, Connie represents what it means to find your voice and thrive in that confidence.

How has your heritage played a part in your passions and in your work?

From it being something that I would try to suppress and consciously make decisions to avoid, my heritage is now at the forefront of my mind when it comes to the creative work that I create for Refinery29’s Instagram (@refinery29) and with personal creative projects on the side. I now consider myself very lucky to have the perspective of an Asian American, and be able to tell stories with this perspective.

When was the first time you realized, through your career or your passions, you connected with your heritage and felt that sense of pride?

When I wrote this: https://www.refinery29.com/2017/05/156415/asian-american-minority-experience.

What are you gearing up for right now in your career? Plug in what you got going on right now!

Right now I’m working on a handful of different projects that I’m hella excited about—I recently started drawing over my 35mm film photos + iPhone videos, see: hereherehere, and here, which I’ve started to sell as prints on Tictail. It’s my first low-key approach at ~running a business~ and feel like I’ve already learned so much in the four-ish months since.

🍣 ムーンリバー 🍣 _ #35mm

A post shared by Lindsay Arakawa, 荒川明美 (@blindsaay) on

I also have my bread + buttah Instagram account @intaanetto, which I’ve created as a dumping grounds for all my favorite anime gifs.

Images courtesy of Lindsay Arakawa

Stay tuned to Milk for more from Banana Magazine.

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