Presenting "WEAR I'M FROM", My Original Web Series About Style & Cultural Identity for NBC News

Click each image to view the episode! Ep. 1 feat. Monica Phromsavanh: A History Remembered Through Unexploded Bombs

Click each image to view the episode!

Ep. 1 feat. Monica Phromsavanh: A History Remembered Through Unexploded Bombs

Growing up, I craved the ability to see a reflection of strong, positive, and uplifting Asian-American voices in the media, and beyond. For APIAs, representation is something we continue to fight for. This has been the driving force behind the work I do today: as a writer, fashion correspondent, and speaker, my strength lies in the power of voice & story.

Ep. 2 feat. Victor Zapanta: This T-Shirt Is Part of Victor Diaz Zapanta's Family Narrative

Ep. 2 feat. Victor Zapanta: This T-Shirt Is Part of Victor Diaz Zapanta's Family Narrative

Knowing this, I am impassioned to share stories that make women of color feel proud of where they come from, and I am committed to creating spaces that intersect style with substance, all the while promoting inclusion, empowerment, & social good. 

Ep. 3 feat. Natalie Le: Connecting With a Father’s Refugee Story Through a Necklace

Ep. 3 feat. Natalie Le: Connecting With a Father’s Refugee Story Through a Necklace

I am honored to be able to exercise these missions through my project with NBC Asian America, in which I have been given the opportunity to be the Creator & Producer of “WEAR I’M FROM”, an original web series about STYLE & CULTURAL IDENTITY.

Ep. 4 feat. Jasmine Wahi: Hand Embroidered Shawl Celebrates Family Legacy

Ep. 4 feat. Jasmine Wahi: Hand Embroidered Shawl Celebrates Family Legacy

Thank you to Traci Lee and NBC Asian America for believing in my vision for this project, and making it a reality. A big thank you to my project partner, Director Erica Eng, who shared her illustrious talents to bring this to life. Additional credits to: Blaine Dunkley (Director of Photography), Nathan Bonetto (audio), Anna Romano (editor) and both Dahlak Brathwaite and Authentik Beats for providing background music.
 
I hope you enjoy. If you feel inspired, please do re-share! And do participate by sharing YOUR style & cultural identity stories via social media. Take a photo of you and your clothing item, caption it with the story as to how it connects you to your heritage, and use the hashtag #WEARIMFROM. 

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Thank you, thank you. 

Yours,
Ruby