My America

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The My America project started in 2016, in that trying November that brought us a leader with an immigration policy that conflicts with the American Dream as many of its believers and seekers see it. The goal of the project is to give a little light to the many different countries and backgrounds Americans come from by exploring the different languages they speak and, in the future, by helping tell their stories.

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The project has grown organically. The first My America wearable was in Arabic on a sweatshirt that was sold online to profit a nonprofit organization. T-shirts were screen printed in Brooklyn shortly after. In June 2018, after a bit of a break, My America came back in t-shirt form at the No Muslim Ban Ever Community Forum organized by the NYCLU. In August 2018, My America was pressed on a short run of shoulder wear in the five languages spoken in the countries on the Trump travel ban list: Arabic, English, Korean, Persian, and Spanish. The Korean text on this product was translated literally with America reading as it would when referred to as the continent. This was later modified into a cultural translation to more accurately reflect America as in the American Dream. In September 2018, My America was printed on tank tops in the top 30 languages spoken in the United States, starting the sentence My America does not discriminate”. You can get those here.

Moving forward, progress and updates on the project will be documented here.

Onward!

The languages

English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Korean, Russian, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Urdu, Japanese, Persian, Gujarati, Telugu, Bengali, Tai–Kadai, Greek, Punjabi, Tamil, Armenian, Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew, Hmong, Bantu