Rehana discusses an article that peer journalists at the New York Times released titled “The Cost of Being an ‘Interchangeable Asian.” While they present excellent points about the dangers of the collectivization of Asian, it appears that they have made the same error they are criticizing in the piece: grouping Asians into a monolith.
Michelle Ye Hee Lee is the incoming Tokyo/Seoul bureau chief of The Washington Post and the president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), a professional nonprofit of more than 1,800 members across the U.S. and in Asia dedicated to greater diversity in newsrooms and in news coverage.
This month, I had the opportunity to try out some of Brown Girl Beauty’s products - and I am never looking back. The founder, Aliza, was kind enough to send over a rose facial oil and their Rani lip gloss (rani means queen in Hindi, which, coincidentally, is what Aliza is), and I’ve incorporated them into my daily beauty routine - which, for me, means I keep them both on my desk and reapply them at least twice a day.
As the editor in chief of a digital platform for Asian women, non-binary people, and gender minorities, I have devoted my life to giving these people a voice. This includes communicating to Asian cisgender men that they, in fact, do not speak for us, and attempting to show that the ignorant opinions of a few do not represent all of Asian-America in particular. It appears that, despite the prestigious education we can’t seem to stop hearing about, this is a concept wholly unfamiliar to former U.S. presidential candidate, current New York City mayoral candidate, and all-around disappointment to the community Andrew Yang. Yang has been criticized, mainly by Asians, for failing to address or embrace his Asian heritage.
Mental health was the least of my childhood worries—or at least, I was taught that it should be. Growing up homeschooled by Indian parents, I never really heard about it until I was well into my teens. Poor mental health was always something that happened to someone else, and only to be addressed in the most extreme of circumstances