The Independence Issue: Female Gaze



Each issue we feature the beautiful faces of Asian womxn around the globe. Here are this issue’s ladies!

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“I’m Mindy and I’m the founder and Clinical Director of Sunrise Nutrition, a boutique group practice in Seattle that provides nutrition counseling and mental health therapy for folx struggling with eating disorders, body image and chronic dieting. I am a dual-credentialed therapist and nutritionist whose social justice values guide my clinical work. I have a special interest in empowering people of color and other marginalized communities to reclaim their relationship with food by challenging systems of oppression. As Clinical Director, my passion is that we, as a group of clinicians, provide a safe and compassionate space for humans from all walks of life to heal their relationship with food and their bodies.

As the daughter of Taiwanse immigrants, I love staying connected to my heritage through food by getting in the kitchen and trying new and old recipes. I am also a huge fan of traditional Chinese watercolor and music. When not trying to smash the white supremacist heteropatriarchy, my other interests include hanging out with my dog, gardening, watching lots of television and seeing the world.”  

”The world is as I am.”

Devika is from India, she is 24, for her ”independence” is a simple concept- having full autonomy over one’s life. She believes independence is about choice and control. It is about being strong and having the power to make her own decisions in life.


Kiernan M. Steiner is a 3rd year doctoral student in Choral Conducting at Arizona State University, located in Tempe, Arizona. Her research interests are in curriculum inquiry and liberatory education, and her dissertation is going to examine collegiate choral programs at public colleges/universities for power structures that limit student participation and engagement. Kiernan is half-Filipina and a transracial adoptee, and she has recently connected with her birth family.  Kiernan has been learning about Filipino culture through cooking lessons with her dad over video chat and listening to podcasts, such as “Filipina on the Rise” and “The Filipino American Woman.” Follow her on Instagram at @decolonizing_kiki! 

My name is Vicky Zhou. A proud alumna ?‍from University of Toronto. I am aspired to commit to the work of social justice, community and cultural empowerment. I love to write about, talk about and speak up about issues concerning the Asian community and other minority communities. I believe that a society that is inclusive, diverse and supportive is the most prosperous. You can check out my photography work @vic_shot_the_pic and my tiktok content @vicky_zzzzzzz

Overachiever Magazine was started by Rehana Paul in October of 2018 to give a platform to all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities.

Our name is poking fun at the stereotype that all Asians are overachievers, especially Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. It’s also in recognition of all of us who have had no choice but to be overachievers: managing societal expectations, family obligations, and educational opportunities, all while fighting the patriarchy.

We have grown since then, putting out bimonthly issues (we are contributor powered: apply to write for our next one!), and weekly reviews of culture, and news that is important to us.

You can find announcements, more news, and get to know our staff on social media: give us a follow, and learn how you can get involved today!

We do not claim to speak for all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. We are just here to give them a place to speak for themselves.

We hope you’ll join us.

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