Each issue we feature some of our readers to highlight the diversity and stories of Asian women, non-binary individuals, and other gender minorities around the world. Here are this issue’s Overachievers!
Leanne Su is a second-generation Chinese American woman from Seattle, WA. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, studying electric propulsion. Her research specialization is in high-power Hall thrusters and optimizing them for higher powers and more robust designs. Outside of academia, she’s also a passionate advocate for getting women and underrepresented minorities more involved in STEM; she is involved in numerous outreach programs at her university, and has spoken at multiple conventions encouraging younger women to pursue graduate school and the field of science. When she’s not breaking or fixing thrusters, she’s usually embroidering, writing, or taking cursed pictures of her cat Pudge. Some of her favorite embroidery subjects include memes, pets, and crass words of encouragement. Both her embroidery and her creative writing have been featured in a number of shows and literary zines. You can find her on Instagram @its.lean, on Etsy @LeansEmbrewery, or on the world wide web at leanne.space/.
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.