Shay Fu, Craft NY, Discusses the Asian Experience with Trans and Cisgender Women
Craft NY’s Shay Fu was on a panel with trans and cisgender Asian women discussing the Asian woman’s experience in the U.S. The event was hosted at our offices by the IPG Asian Heritage Group and IPGLBT in honor of Women’s History Month and International Transgender Day of Visibility. Individuality and breaking from traditional ideas of womanhood were the themes of the night. Shay shared her personal story of growing up between two worlds, having emigrated from Hainan Island to Brooklyn when she was 7. "I never think that I’m female, I’m Asian, I can’t do it," she said. "I identify my own challenges as me not getting over something. I think that’s the American dream."
Ally Castillo, Producer at Nars Cosmetics, told her story of transition from male to female. Panel moderator Angie Piwenski, the most senior executive ever to transition at an IPG agency, said, "two women obviously do not represent the experience of all Asian women. But If you can better understand their experiences, it’ll help. That’s how we all learn how to work better together."