Spoken word video: what would you do if you were center of the world?

1465403_10151811706638191_2092439076_nKelly Zen-Yie Tsai has a new project out and, as usual, it’s great! #SelfCentered is an interactive spoken word video (after the jump) designed to rock your world. Or rather, make the world center on you. According to Tsai,

“The poem prompts the audience to be self-centered for a good reason by imagining what if culture and society were geared around them–or in this case ‘5 foot 2 tattooed Asian females’ – to playfully highlight the relationship between other and only, margin and center and what would happened if the tables were turned.”

When I watch the video (which works as a 360 panorama, so you really feel like the center of the world!), I can’t help but think about how the world is already centered around certain people –- we just forget it sometimes. From nude colored band aids for the fair skinned, building entrances made with the able-bodied in mind, or clothing designed for thin women (I’m looking at you Forever 21!) our world operates under a bias.

Now, what would you do if the world catered to you for the day?

Transcript available here.


If Juliana were center of the world, she would make all jeans designed to fit her butt, her thighs, and her budget.

Bay Area, California

Juliana is a digital storyteller for social change. As a writer at Feministing since 2013, her work has focused on women's movements throughout the Americas for environmental justice, immigrant rights, and reproductive justice. In addition to her writing, Juliana is a Campaigner at Change.org, where she works to close the gap between the powerful and everyone else by supporting people from across the country to launch, escalate and win their campaigns for justice.

Juliana is a Latina feminist writer and campaigner based in the Bay Area.

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