White Paint On My Eyes

Image: Hollywood Reporter

Image: Hollywood Reporter

Editor’s Note: The following poetry was written by 16-year-old Sonam Rikha from Illinois, USA.

When I was young 
I wanted to be an actress
And play the lead
Being greeted with fans that adored me

I wanted to be the strong and brave Katniss
The fierce but kind Katara
And all the other strong female characters
That were supposed to represent people like me

But hollywood paints Asians in white
Leaves us as leftovers 
Casted as the common stereotypes

Taking away the dreams of young Asian girls
Who want to take the lead
But are left confused
and stained with the white paint on their eyes.