JiaJia Fei

With over 75k+ followers herself, digital art strategist JiaJia Fei knows her way around Instagram. Here, she shares some of her favorite accounts, along with this note: "My formative years on the internet were spent on an early social networking site called Asian Avenue. Before Instagram, before Facebook, and even before MySpace, I embraced the freedom of occupying an online space of my own where I could tYpE lIkE tHiS and be unapologetically AZN. At age 13, this was where I first began to live out my own digital identity, and where I taught myself how to code—because I cared so deeply about this novel concept of ownership and agency on the internet. In the spirit of Asian Avenue, and to open up some space for celebration following an exhausting week (month, year) for the Asian American community, I assembled a list of (8) unapologetically Asian accounts that have always brought me joy."


"Lately, we've seen too many images of our Asian elders in states of fear and vulnerability; beaten, injured, or even killed in acts of racial violence, but here they are vibrant, confident, and stylish AF. This Instagram feed by Andria Lo and Valerie Luu celebrates the street style of seniors living their best life in Chinatowns across America."


"The epitome of senior Asian street style however, will always belong to Chang Wan-ji and Hsu Sho-er of Wansho Laundry. The two octogenarian owners of a laundromat in Taiwan are the only Instagram influencers I care about, known for modeling abandoned clothes that their customers leave behind."


"I first discovered the work of Zhong Lin, a self-taught Malaysian fashion photographer based in Taiwan, through Instagram. For me, her beautifully surreal images are in dialogue with Man Ray, Magritte, and Dalí, but from a powerfully Asian female perspective. Throughout the pandemic, she's been on a mission to create a new image everyday for the last 365 days."


"Shanghai-based photographer Leslie Zhang has shot for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and all the great fashion magazines, but it is his romantic images of contemporary China that give me a warm sense of nostalgia for my hometown and place of birth."


"I've watched some of my favorite Wong Kar Wai movies (Fallen Angels, Chungking Express, Happy Together, In the Mood for Love) at least five or six times each (or maybe more). Encountering film stills through this feed is sort of like allowing myself to hit pause on an iconic scene for brief moments throughout the day, only to enjoy them all over again."


"I am instantly nourished after watching cooking videos of Li Ziqi 李子柒 who painstakingly makes Sichuan cuisine (as well as clothing, furniture, and small brick ovens) from scratch in rural China for her (extremely lucky) grandmother. I am completely useless when it comes to any of these skills, so I feel the same vicarious phantom satisfaction some have reported to feel after watching fitness videos online."


"Banana Magazine is one of the few publications dedicated to contemporary Asian American culture and creativity. Anyone growing up Asian in America recognizes the euphemism: yellow on the outside, white on the inside. (The term 'twinkie' was also a middle school era favorite.) And thus we now reclaim!"


"Just an entire feed of plump and squishy Asian babies. You're welcome."