Stereotyping exists in all ethnic groups. There always are some typical qualities or characteristics that can be used to portray a group of people.
Unconscious stereotyping usually occurs due to a lack of knowledge or influence from the media. Different from conscious stereotyping, which can be considered as active racism. Unconscious stereotyping is usually subtle, context-focused, and can exist in our daily lives. Which makes it a lot harder to notice. And unfortunately is a much more powerful way to influence people subconsciously.
Those stereotypes are like the tags on social media. They became a part of what defines who you are and sometimes, without noticing, you get tagged.
Got Tagged is a collaboration that involves myself, interviewer/Photographer/editor, Banjin, photographer/editor, Toou, graphic designer, and most importantly, the participants of this project. The main content of this project is separated into two parts. I am in charge of part one, which is about the stereotyping phenomena experienced by the participants. The idea is to use a red price tag to highlight anything representing the unconscious stereotyping issue. The colour red is a traditional colour to the Chinese, and it can be seen as a representation of Chinese culture. The 6 Chinese participants were photographed in a soft-focused way to offer the audience rather the impression of individuals but the portrait of a community. The way of visualizing each stereotyping issue was mainly suggested by the participants and discussed with both photographers. The text associated with the pictures came from each participant that explains the placement of the red tag, one narration per person. Part one is aimed to carry out what unconscious stereotyping can be through visual storytelling. Part two was done by Banjin. Five still life images of his were used to abstractly explain the world's division, the absence of intimacy, and the racial oppression in history. His work would be a support to part one. Combining those two parts can give the reader a more diversified reading experience. Toou designed the cover and illustrations within the zine. He was using a glitch art effect to indicate the chaos and the constant blocking that was created by the massive amount of information. The illustrations were used to add more fun to the reading process, and we all wanted to give readers visual enjoyment while communicating the seriousness of racism.