I am (half-) Asian American. I’m also thin. And short. When people find out I am vegan, I feel like often their responses (explicitly & not-so) fall into two main categories:
Or: Of course I look the way I do — Asians being wimpily tiny, & obviously veganism has only exacerbated my genetic tendency to be undernourished & have stunted growth. Poor me. I should eat a steak or two ASAP.
Vegans of color: are there ways in which you have seen reactions to your veganism be shaped by racial assumptions about your weight & health? We’ve talked a lot here about how veganism is often viewed culturally as a white thing, but I’m interested in focusing more, in this post, on things specifically tied to weight & appearance.