The inaugural 2022 Asian Pride week of Asian LGBTQ+ events, workshops, film screenings and the highlight, our “Rising Phoenix” boat, the first Asian community boat during the Canal Parade was a joyful achievement and the culmination of months of hard work by our team and made possible by our wonderful sponsor Yip.com. Videos of the Rising Phoenix boat in the Canal parade even went viral on social media in China and Asia!
As one of the oldest media platforms for the Asian community, Our goal with our film festival and events like Asian Pride is to make Asian and the Asian LGBTQ+ communities more visible and represented in The Netherlands and Europe.
We are aware that someone shouted “ni hao”/hello in Chinese in a misguided and culturally insensitive attempt to communicate with our boat guests. We believe it has been acknowledged and appropriately addressed by Pride Amsterdam and appreciate their willingness to have a round table with us and other BIPOC organizations to increase cultural and diversity awareness in the future.
CinemAsia would like to thank Stephanie Yip from Yip.com, Pride Amsterdam and Asian Pride ambassador Pete Wu for helping make our dream into reality. Thank you to the Asian community groups Asian Voices Europe, Young Asian Leaders/Dona Daria, Asian Raisins, Out and Abroad and Filipino LGBT Europe that joined us on the boat during the parade. We hope we can work together to represent our many Asian communities for a more inclusive and equitable society.