Monday, February 1, 2016

Chinese American Bodybuilder

When I started bodybuilding I would flip through magazines and realized none of the guys looked like me. I looked up to guys like Arnold and Ronnie Coleman but none of their stories resonated with me. They didn't grow up with a mom who wanted her son to be an engineer. I realized in high school that if I wanted to be an athlete I would have to blaze my own path.

I don't want people to say "Wow, he's a good a bodybuilder for an Asian guy". I just want to be known as a good bodybuilder, period. But, I do want people to see my race because I have had unique challenges. To not see my race is to disregard the difficulty of having to explain to my friends and family why I want to be a bodybuilder. I have had to challenge my own parents who weren't sure I could succeed in a sport where no one looked like me. For most of my career people questioned how big a guy with Chinese genes could even get.

In my first show I was asked if I wanted to wear my glasses on stage. I did because I felt like it signified my unique personal journey. I want people to rethink how they think of a Chinese American guy with glasses.

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