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Listen to my newest single, "I Belong," now!

 ORIGIN

The need to accomplish in order to feel enough still nags at me sometimes. 

 

Ever since I was a young girl, I was told that I would have to work three times harder than everyone else to have a chance at being offered a seat at the table. I am an immigrant, I look different, and will oftentimes be considered an outsider.  I would have to earn my place. 

 

“I think, therefore I am” then quickly became “I do, therefore I am”. Human-being quickly became human-doing. 

 

Most of my life has been fueled by a complex cocktail of my innate passion for serving others, and this attempt to earn my place through achievement. 

 

As AAPI hate is on the rise, I must find the answers to these all-too-familiar questions: 

 

When will I be American enough?  When will I truly belong? 

 

The Atlanta shooting that took 6 Asian women’s lives was a breaking point for many of us in the AAPI community. It helped me realize that a revolution towards a more tolerant world was dependent on my AAPI community and I declaring: 

 

We are American enough NOW. We belong here. NOW.  

 

Songwriting is my way of writing myself into existence, so I channelled this realization into my latest single  “I Belong”. The song declares that each of us not only inherently belongs here, but also to each other. 

 

I desire for everyone to feel their sense of belonging, no matter what their heritage, because the more enoughness we each believe we have, the kinder and more welcoming we can be to everybody else. 

 

It was healing to create this musical antidote of resilient joy. I hope it’s just as healing for those who listen to it. 

Enjoy a behind the scenes clip for "I Belong."

COLLABORATORS

Dyan Jong

PHOTOGRAPHER/VISUAL ARTIST

Jeia Rouge

PRODUCER

Elisa Pangsaeng

MIX/MASTERING ENGINEER

LYRICS

Oooh / I belong

Ooh / I belong here

Ooh / I belong

Ooh / I belong  

 

I’ve been doing the most 

Out of breath just to show 

That I deserve to be here, too

But what I’m growing to know

Is that I’ve always been home

There’s nothing more I need to prove

 

Oooh / I belong

Ooh / I belong here

Ooh / I belong

Ooh / I belong

 

We all got faulty tapes

Looping doubts, looping pain 

Dusty heirlooms we don’t need

But we got what it takes

For the cycle to break 

Revolution lives in me

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Oooh / I belong

(Believe it for your mother and father)

Ooh / I belong here

(Believe it for your future daughter)

Ooh / I belong

Ooh / I belong

 

No matter where we go, go go 

No matter where we’ve been before 

Don’t have to feel alone, oh no

We’re all finding our way home 

We belong

We belong 

We belong to each other 

 

Ooh / We Belong to Each other

Ooh / We Belong to Each other

Ooh / We Belong to Each other

Ooh / We Belong to Each other