Pride Amsterdam
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#02 Asian Pride

RISE LIKE A PHOENIX, LOUD AS A DRAGON As the only dedicated Pride Amsterdam boat for the Asian LGBTQ communities and allies, a historically underrepresented BIPOC group within the Netherlands, our boat Phoenix Rising encourages us to stand out and be proud of our Asian heritage. For its design, Phoenix Rising is a boat that […]

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RISE LIKE A PHOENIX, LOUD AS A DRAGON

As the only dedicated Pride Amsterdam boat for the Asian LGBTQ communities and allies, a historically underrepresented BIPOC group within the Netherlands, our boat Phoenix Rising encourages us to stand out and be proud of our Asian heritage.

For its design, Phoenix Rising is a boat that proudly displays its Asian heritage through its colours, of traditional red and gold, and through its music, with traditional drumming. It embodies the Pride 2022 theme of rising out of gender norms and barriers (the flames) to be one’s own beautiful free self, as the boat portrays as the mythical Phoenix creature, an Asian symbol of feminine energy, versus the traditional male Dragon Boat. The boat itself physically embodies the Phoenix with a head of wings and tail with our rowers pushing forward the Asian LGBTQ communities and allies on board and our winged dancers flying high above the obstacles (flames). Once afloat, the boat will serve to remind spectators of the meaning behind the Phoenix – that of renewal, rebirth, and positive change in the face of adversity.

The boat acts as a physical and metaphorical platform to increase the visibility of Asian and Asian LGBTQ presence for a more inclusive and diverse representation of Dutch society during Pride and highlights the

These are all characteristics that the LGBTQ+ community encounters in their daily lives, which also coincides with the kind of characteristics that people who use YIP display. Our company was founded to enable people to rediscover and share what it is that makes them feel alive again – whether that is an interest, passion, or skill.

Intersectional sharing of both queer and Asian, as queer Asians are often discriminated against within queer spaces and communities as well. For years, for example, the use of the phrase ‘No Asians’ (alongside ‘No blacks, no fats, no femmes’) in profile biographies was a blatant sign of racism on dating apps like Grindr, the hyper sexualisation of Asian women is a historically damaging phenomenon that led to, among other things, the mass shooting of Asian women in Atlanta in 2020, and trans women of colour are still the most vulnerable group with the highest murder, depression and suicide rates worldwide.

By bringing more awareness to Amsterdam Pride, with the help of YIP, we hope to create a better and safer environment for queer Asians.