Illustrations courtesy of NESS LEE
An ambush of tiger moms herds its daughters along a straight path, asking them not to spend hard-earned loonies and toonies on cute stationery but to focus on investing in the future. And then there’s Bruce Lee — every Lee must be descended from him, right?
Who better to poke fun at Asian stereotypes and subvert representations than Ness Lee, who saw herself as the perpetual outsider among Asians in high school? Or as she calls the experience, “life as a banana surrounded by lemons.”
Rather than oblique references to one’s cultural heritage, Lee, a Hakka-Chinese Canadian illustrator, peels away the layers to understand her culture, and her place in it. Read more