Yellow Outside, White Inside

Hostess Twinkies, Vinyl

Yellow Outside White Inside is an installation that uses 160 Hostess twinkies attached to the wall, which ask, “Is English your first language?” in red vinyl. I identify the twinkie as the modern “banana”, yellow on the outside, white on the inside, and used among Asian Americans to convey the idea of being American while also being Asian. “Is English your first language?” is a loaded question because it implies so much more than what is being said. It asks other questions like “What are you?” and “Where are you from?” without directly doing so. The idea of the other and otherness is readily apparent.