I made my tumblr in 2011. I was 21. Today on the 16th of October, 7:17 PM (PT), I turned 25! When I first made this blog, I had no idea where it would end up and I wasn’t sure if I would keep up with it, but I’m so glad I did. 

Thank you thank you thank you for following and being a driving force that keeps me exploring, taking photos, creating illustrations, staying active and healthy and ultimately enriching my life. 

I don’t know where I would be without this blog and without you all who view, read, appreciate and respond to my work, my self, my thoughts and my stories. I have come a long way with this tumblr and I am excited to see where it will take me and where I will take it in the future and I hope you continue checking in with me.

I think it’s time I get a passport soon and expand my horizons… 

<3 Dustin

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Something I wish I could’ve articulated in the past every time I heard some ignorant person tease that Asian people are obedient, studious, talented and good at everything, or that Asian parents are strict…

It’s a stereotype; it’s not always true, but do you know why it exists? Because our immigrant parents left their homes with little money and with the hope for a better life for their kids…because jobs and respect don’t come so easily to people of color…because the world favors white people. That’s a lot of pressure on a child of immigrants.
(side note: when that child is gay, that pressure to succeed multiplies; not only do you have to earn your respect from the world, you have to earn it from your own family)

And when that ignorant person responds with, “What? I said they’re good at everything. It’s a compliment”,
what was actually being said was, "Ha ha. We don’t have to work as hard as you."

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Columbus mistook America for India and also mistook a few manatees for fat mermaids.

Who gave this dumb shit a boat

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