Asians in the Arts exists to encourage Asian diasporic representation in all artistic fields, by celebrating existing artists and narratives of the Asian diaspora.
Our work spans platforms.
On here, you’ll be able to find interviews, news on upcoming releases or events from Asian artists, opinions on Asian representation, reviews of books, movies, music etc., as well as art, fiction, and poetry.
This website also will play host to the upcoming Asian Artist Marketplace. This marketplace is our way to allow more visual artists to share their work. There, you’ll be able to find artists, information about them, pictures of past and current work, and a link to purchase their work if they are currently selling.
On Instagram, you can find us posting daily updates on the Asian artistic community. From upcoming tv shows, to online play readings, to new books and more, we strive to provide daily updates and give you more ways to support Asian artists. Increasingly, we are making an effort to publicize and give a platform to lesser known Asian artists as well as big names.
Finally, we have the zine. Once every two months (after a break in Aug/Sept. 2020), we put out The Asian American Arts Zine full of interviews, articles, fiction poetry, and art made by both us and our audience. Feel free to read past editions of the zine here. If you want to know how to submit to an upcoming issue, make sure to look for updates on our Instagram.
Well, that’s what we’re up to right now. However, we’re always looking for more ways to support Asian artists. Make sure to check our social media for any updates on upcoming events or project launches.
If you would like to know more, have any questions, or are an artist looking to utilize our platform, feel free to contact us!
Asians in the Arts was founded by Suraj Singareddy the summer of 2019. At the time, he was arguing with his parents over the feasibility of a career in the arts, and one of the arguments that kept being brought up was that their were no Indian actors on Broadway. Upon further research, he found that there were in fact many Indian-American actors in theatre, but he just had not heard about them prior. He continued to listen to others’ stories and found that the lack of visible representation in the arts was a common cause of stigma in the AAPI community around careers in artistic fields. The problem these days was not that these artists did not exist, but rather that they did not receive enough publicity.
So, he founded Asians in the Arts to give a larger platform to Asian artists, therefore increasing visibility and decreasing stigma around careers in the arts. Gradually, the purpose grew to increasing representation of Asian diasporic voices in the arts. We grew to understand the importance of representation for representations’ sake, and shifted our content to reflect that.
The Asian diasporic community has historically been overlooked in many countries. The only thing that has changed that has been the work of Asian activists themselves, but activism requires a belief in your identity that is hard to come by as a person from a marginalized community. Representation plays a critical role in how the Asian community, outside of Asia, views their own identity. More representation fosters an acceptance of identity that is necessary for all social justice work. We hope, that in some small way, this organization helps that work.