QNSMADE interview #1: Winnie Cheung
I think growing up in such a diverse neighborhood, I was never afraid to submerge myself, I think that is the one reason I love traveling so much I get to see so many cultures and this is something you do in Queens all the time with your friends. Forest Hills was cool like that, I had all kinds of friends under the sun.
I don’t think I’ve fully formed this idea yet, but I’ll just say it and see if it comes to something cohesive. Living in Brooklyn, there are a lot of people that come from different places and there is this Brooklyn identity that people can really latch on to, but for me since I grew up in Queens, I don’t feel comfortable with that, or it’s that I just don’t identify myself as “Oh, I’m Brooklyn”, so I feel a little removed from that community, but I am still able to interact with them and it gives me, not like an extra up, but I can see through some of the bullshit.
I feel so lucky to come from a different culture and now finding my way in this Brooklyn artist community. I had another identity before that. I feel like for other people, it’s kind of their first identity as an adult. Like Oh, Brooklyn, I can see myself here. And for me, before Brooklyn, I was from Queens, that was it for me, and to be able to understand that, and to be able to step back from the Brooklyn artist community, and understand there is so much more to New York than Brooklyn. I feel like a lot of people hardly go outside of the world they know.