March I Issue: Female Gaze

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

Christy Ku is a Hong Kong born, UK based poet, performer, facilitator and actor. She is an alumna of the Barbican Young Poets, the Making Lemonade young creative leadership programme, National Youth Theatre and New Earth Academy. She is also a BBC Words First 2019 finalist and has headlined events across the country. Christy worked on various poetry commissions involving short films, spoken word tracks and theatre shows with organizations such as the BBC, Sour Lemons, Apples & Snakes and the Barbican. She is the founder of BESEA Poets, an online platform for British based East and South-East Asian poets. In addition to poetry, she is also a short story writer, podcast creator, and photographer. Christy is currently working towards her debut poetry collection and various other projects.

“Hi! I am Harini. (IG: deskidharti)

I study Community and Population Health Sciences in Canada. In my program, I learned to examine systems of oppression, develop interventions that remove barriers for different marginalized groups of people to reduce health inequities. I feel strongly that any work that I am involved in must have an anti-oppressive lens, and an intersectional approach. 

I wanted to share the things I learn and study, because they affect every single one of us. I also craved a creative outlet for myself, so I began writing about systemic oppression and health inequities on my Instagram at the beginning of the year. I also create digital art depicting South Asian women.”

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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