Banana magazine turns on its head the prerogative commonly used to describe first generation Asians growing up in Western society to create a publication spearheaded by Kathleen Tso and Vicki Ho. The magazine proposes to positively showcase the unique blend of Western and Asian culture in all its coolness and diversity. According to magazine press:
“The choice for the name Banana is meant to be an inside joke. For anyone who has ever been called a ‘banana,’ you know that it’s a nickname that has been given to many first generation Asians growing up in a western world, like us. It’s not meant to be derogatory, but celebratory. Birthed in Chinatown NYC, Banana strives to navigate through the blurred Eastern and Western boundaries and create a voice for contemporary Asian culture. We want to use the magazine as a platform to feature, celebrate, and join the conversation with Asian creatives in a journey to define our collective identity.”
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