Phillipe Thao

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Phillipe Thao is a queer Hmong American writer based in Chicago. His work has appeared in Teen Vogue and he was the co-host of What's The Bubble Tea?, a podcast about the Asian American millennial experience. He can be found on Twitter at @phillipethao or


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Looking for a Reflection as the Only Asian Actor in a Production of ‘Mulan’

I felt humiliated singing a song about honor when I could only feel shame. As I stood in yellowface, I had finally fulfilled my quest to become white.

Mar 20, 2019