The STEM Issue: Female Gaze

Each issue we feature some of our readers to highlight the diversity and stories of Asian women around the world. Here are these issue’s ladies!

“My Name is Xixuan, or X.H. Collins (pen name). I was born in Hechuan, Sichuan Province, China, and grew up in Kangding, on the East Tibet Plateau. I earned an M.S. in cell biology from Sichuan University before coming to the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in nutrition. I then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in biochemistry and taught biology at a community college in the past fifteen years. I’m also a writer and have just published my debut novel Flowing Water, Falling Flowers (MWC Press, Rock Island, Illinois). When I’m not teaching or writing, I’m an avid ballroom and Latin dancer. I love reading and enjoy cooking for my family. I live in Iowa with my husband, son, and our dog. To learn more about me and my work, visit my website at https://xhcollins.com/, and follow me on Twitter @xixuan_c, Facebook @xhcollins, and Instagram xixuan_c.”



“My name is Meesha, I go by she/her, I reside on Serrano territory, and I am a first generation queer Desi (Punjabi and Kashmiri).”

Find Meesha’s virtual yoga studio’s on IG: @alchemystic_studio



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Christina Lu, PsyD

Dr. Lu is the clinical director of Hawaii Counseling and Wellness Center. As a clinical psychologist she specializes in work with BIPOC individuals, couples, and families. A main focus of her work is with children of immigrants and refugees. Dr. Lu is a dedicated educator and an adjunct faculty at the Hawai’i School of Professional Psychology, with 20 years of teaching experience.

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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