The Colorism Issue: Female Gaze

Each issue we feature we shift our gaze to lovely Asian womxn around the world. Here are this issue’s ladies!



Annie James:

Intrigued by the mono-disciplinary approaches to human existence, Annie James, social scientist and therapist, spent years formally studying literature, psychology, and philosophy across undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, in order to develop culturally relevant practical interventions. Amidst her practice, she works to understand and intervene in culturally rooted mental health and social issues, particularly women’s issues, colorism, and mental health stigma. Determined to offer free psychoeducation, she delivered free mental health workshops across schools in Bangalore, India for the Live Love Laugh program under an internship, and currently runs an instagram offering evidence based mental health information and practices. In private practice, she is set upon translating mental health data into several Indian vernaculars. Oddly particular about evidence based literacy, she writes poetry in her free time, incorporating academic concepts and philosophical psychology. Her current preoccupation is cultural imprinting and digital nausea.

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.

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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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