Greetings, internet. You know what time it is. It's time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Dolly Li.
Who are you?
I'm Dolly Li. I'm a Brooklyn-bred Cantonese-American raised on R&B, hot dogs, and immigrant hustle.
What are you?
I'm an illustrator and visual journalist, making all kinds of dope content with AJ+. My work ranges from illustrations to GIFs to animated videos to written and visual satire. Basically, I woman-splain shit to you on the internet.
Where are you?
Started in Brooklyn, now I'm in Oakland. In between, I made a 3-year stop in Houston.
What do you do?
And help people stay woke. I break down women's struggles, minority struggles, and economic conundrums for people to better understand their world. Our world.
What are you all about?
Giving voice to the voiceless, empowering the marginalized, telling balanced stories of the misunderstood. And making art to capture all of these beautiful human experiences.
I'm especially interested in stories about women's unique (yet highly underreported) hardships in prison, the immigration detention system, the struggle of black existence in America, re-balancing the ways in which Western media covers the East (if you think that fear-mongering rhetoric about East Asian countries does not affect Asian-Americans in the U.S., then you are very much turning a blind eye to our reality), and reducing violence in the world.
Also, I'm all about big dogs (send snaps to @bronotosaurus), fat cats, and thick gold chains.
What makes you angry?
Militant veganism. $5 coffee. $13 mimosas.
The fact that we still need to explain why #BlackLivesMatter to those who are adamant about #AllLivesMatter.
The fact that hate and the criminalization of the hustle has led to the killing and incarceration of thousands of people of color.
The fact that I was born and raised in New York yet so many people still ask me how my English "got sooo good."
The fact that my little cousins still don't have Asian-American role models to look up to and that our society tells them it's okay to whitewash their existences.
The fact that we keep addressing violence with more violence.
Lastly, the fact that Barack Obama is gonna be followed by someone who is not Barack Obama.