There used to be a time where many Asians in America felt they had to hide parts of their culture just to “fit in.” Our ethnic foods “smelled bad,” the way we looked was always “foreign,” and many of us were pushed to assimilate into something that wasn’t true to ourselves. It’s time we get back to living in the best cultures for us.
That’s why we’re happy to introduce Eastern People, a clothing collective inspired by all the rich cultures of people from the East, designed by and for all Asians.
“Don’t eat that! It’s yeet hay!”
If you grew up in a Chinese household, odds are this has been yelled at you while you’re eating something that probably tastes great but isn’t great for you.
Yeet hay, which translates to “hot air” in Cantonese, refers to foods that cause inflammation such as greasy, fried, and spicy foods or the feeling one gets after eating those kinds of food.
It turns out Chinese parents were on to something in warning their children against the consumption of fried food generally referred to as yeet hay.
The term itself is not only used in a variety of dishes believed in Chinese culture to cause an imbalance in the body’s energy levels but is also meant to describe how a person is feeling after consuming these types of foods. According to older Chinese, symptoms of yeet hay include a sore throat, acne, lethargy and mouth sores.