Haejin Lee is a ceramic artist from South Korea. Now working in Vancouver BC, she creates beautiful tableware in addition to contemporary sculptures. Winner of multiple awards, Haejin Lee’s work has been seen around the world. Thanks to Hitku!
“We wanted to create a place for Asian American men and women to come together, to share, to discuss, and more importantly, to find support for something that has been acknowledged on the surface, yet largely ignored in our community,”
“I didn’t even know what I wanted from Lisa, but I felt compelled to start something, I’ve been looking for something concrete regarding Asians and body image for years. When I first began my therapy in my 20s, I had contacted various national eating disorder groups to see if there were any support groups for Asians. I was left at a dead end, and the messages I got over the next decade were that eating disorders and body image were not problems that affected people in my community. “
The two women connected over their experiences via emails, phone calls, and in-person at a tasty scones cafe (of course), and together, they decided to launch this site – “Thick Dumpling Skin” – to provide a space for everyone who may have felt alone in their struggle.
Thick Dumpling Skin is a vibrant community for Asian Americans to share and discuss our unhealthy quest, past and present, for the “perfect” body. Our struggles with food & body image are not merely about will power – they’re social, cultural, and familial.
“We want to hear your thoughts and stories. We want to know what you’ve been taught, and what you’ve discovered. We want you to find comfort in each other’s stories, and together, we’ll grow some thicker skins, and learn to love them as well.”