Burdock may have become a fully articulated idea in the spring of last year, but in some ways, it feels as though this has been in the works all our lives. When we were kids, our understanding of life’s possibilities was so profoundly framed by the reflections of us in society at large — internalized guidelines for what we could grow up to be, how we could move through the world. What society offered us was, frankly, an awfully narrow field of view; but with little perspective on what could be, we made the best of it and life went on.
Fast-forward to this past year, where we saw some beautiful, pivotal moments cut through the noise of our never-ending news cycle. From the momentum of Crazy Rich Asians to seeing the most Asian Americans ever elected to Congress, it was an incredible year of firsts for the Asian-American community. It was consequently also a big year of personal realizations and honest reckonings for us. Intellectually, we’d both thought we understood the significance of what it meant to be seen, but these historic moments unpacked a lifetime’s worth of being unseen. We knew that others shared similar struggles and triumphs, but these boons in popular culture gave us more space to instigate honest conversations with each other.
Inspired by what this would have meant to our teenage selves, we set out to create Burdock — a platform dedicated to celebrating multi-dimensional, Asian-American experiences; a community to see beauty in our shared experiences, and find joy in the fact that we contain multitudes. Each biannual issue will be centered around a theme, and we felt it apt to mark our first issue with the notion of “Celebration.” Along the way, we’ve encountered incredible stories of resilience, creativity, and community. Our spring issue features so many stories worth celebrating, including interviews with John Cho, Min Jin Lee, Phillip Lim, Nails by Mei, and more.
— PETER ASH LEE AND HANNAH LEE
The following is a story about summer hairstyles for Asian hair types by founders Peter Ash Lee and Hannah Lee from Burdock‘s debut issue centered on celebration:
For generations past, something as seemingly unremarkable as a trip to the hair salon could be a journey laden with emotion — inspiration often followed by frustration (or in our case, copious tears). As we’d quickly come to understand, bringing in carefully torn clippings of Brad Pitt’s latest messy spikes or Christina Aguilera’s Come On Over-era layers tended not to translate effectively to our hair. Albeit, mass media wasn’t exactly giving us a lot of reference material to work with. In a tribute to our teenage selves, we’re turning over a new leaf with eight summer looks that are here to keep you fresh for the sunny seasons ahead.
1. Long, Straight Hair With Blunt Bangs
Shown here on Joony
Ideal For: Long, straight hair types
The Look: Avoid adding layers to the length and don’t make the bangs a rounded shape (i.e. longer on the sides) — simply keep it straight.
2. Cropped, Textured Pixie
Shown here on Masami
Ideal For: Thick soft curls or tight curls
The Look: Ask for a lot of layers, and have them thinned out (but not too much). If you have straight hair, you could also add a perm.