We had the good fortune of connecting with Georgina Fang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Georgina, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I feel like most people’s concern why they don’t go into art, other than literally just not having any resources, is because they think they can’t draw or because it doesn’t make much money. And they’re right but they’re also wrong. There are many different kinds of marketable drawings and arts. But we use storytelling in lots of daily things. Because we consume so many kinds of stories and media, storytelling is one of the best ways to impact people. And make a change.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The stories I usually make have cute humor and meaningful messages about emotional or individual growth, but I’m really excited for my current project. It’s darker than my usual brand, but it’s a drama story called Tiger and Yee. It’s meant for educational purposes about some of Hmong culture and history. The story itself takes place around the Secret War during the 1970s. I created this story because I hope to incorporate more stories with underrepresented cultures in mainstream media. A really underrepresented people was my own: Hmong people. Growing up American, I never really connected with my culture because there was a lot going on. But, I think I’ve hit that point in my life where I’m really figuring out my identity, so as I research this story, I learn about my culture and Hmong history as well. Tiger and Yee is inspired by Hmong folklore: mainly, about these Spirits who can shapeshift into tigers and kidnap humans into the spirit world. My mom would tell me how back in the old country (Laos), the scariest thing possible, was to get attacked by a man-eating monster (a tiger). Culturally, Hmong people feared the tiger so much, it was like the worst fate you could encounter. But then in this story, Yee, this 12-year-old girl, is caught in the middle of a post-war and her people are slaughtered before her eyes. But when she meets a tiger, the thing that she was told to fear the most, it suddenly isn’t the scariest fate to her. So, I’m exploring my options with that story, and I really think it’ll mean a lot to fellow Hmong people. It’s really important to see yourself in the media you watch. And I hope to do more diverse and inclusive stories about other underrepresented peoples too.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Haha, I don’t actually go out a lot. But I live in a place where there’s always lots of places to discover. Or at least we can Google them. But you can’t go wrong eating somewhere and going on a hike or to the beach. I personally would love to go somewhere pretty and draw or paint it out.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s a lot! I couldn’t list nearly every single one. I think a good start would be my family and friends who have supported me. Especially my parents who got me into art. My mom for inspiring me when I was 4 years old by painting Winne the Pooh on our door, and my dad for drawing a horrendous dog that my baby brain thought, “Dang, I can do better than that.”
All works belong to me: Georgina Fang.