Tokenism Blues

In classrooms, I have held my breath with the fear of being asked to speak on behalf of my people. When this question is asked I stop and laugh to myself and wonder “which people?”. As a multiethnic student in America, I have seen the system leave the names of great minds far behind on their pathway to standardization, but when it comes to one tokenistic history class I am asked to speak on behalf of a nation. My heart goes out to all of the others who are not “enough” of who they are until it benefits the narrative a colonizer wants to cover.  

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.

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