Staff

overachiever magazine directory.


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Rehana Paul

founder | editor-in-chief

Rehana Paul (she/her) is the editor-in-chief and founder of Overachiever Magazine. Frustrated with the lack of intersectionality and focus on representation politics in existing Asian spaces, she started Overachiever in 2018. Rehana is currently studying international relations, marketing, and communications at American University in Washington D.C. She works freelance as a communications and marketing consultant. Rehana is overly enthusiastic about her puppy, Taylor Swift, and coffee in all of its forms.


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Francine Cayanan

managing editor | ⃞ ⃞ ⃞

Francine Cayanan is Overachiever’s Managing Editor, a lover of books, animals, and uplifting Asian women. She strives to create a space where Asian women of all walks of life feel they have room to grow and flourish. When she’s not working on the magazine, you will find her studying, playing games, or finding different ways to be a loaf.


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Jean Sumbilla

design editor

Jean Sumbilla is the Design Editor for Overachiever Magazine. Currently, she is studying for a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences degree. She loves being a part of a community that provides individuals with a space to voice their thoughts. Aside from her work for Overachiever Magazine, you can find Jean studying, being a coffee/boba enthusiast, listening to music, or doing a combination of all three.

 


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Charlotte Drummond

outreach editor | junior editor

Charlotte Drummond (she/her) is a part of the Editorial and Outreach teams for OM. She is a mixed Indian-American student from Los Angeles, California, currently studying publishing in college. She loves to read, take pictures of trees, nap with her dog, and misses mango lassi whenever she’s not drinking it.


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Mhira Zambrano

social media editor

Mhira Zambrano (she/her) is the Social Media Editor for Overachiever Magazine. She is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Sociology. She is passionate about the use of social media as a tool of empowerment and social change and believes in OM’s ability to do as such for Asian womxn all over the world. In her free time she likes to curate playlists, mist her plants, and critique different brands of oat milk.


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Johanna Faith Malicdem

business liaison

Jo (she/her) is Overachiever’s Business Liaison and the spearhead of our Garment Labor series. She is a Filipino-American from Pasadena, California. Jo spends her time studying journalism and psychology at Emerson College, making music, and perfecting her film photography skills (or lack thereof) for her Instagram @johannafaith.

 


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Tasia Matthews

research coordinator

Tasia Matthews currently works in international security and peacebuilding, with a focus on Middle East, North Africa region. She plans to return to school for a Masters in Global Security and Governance. She likes reading, playing tennis, and generally being outside.


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Amanda Nava

editorial coordinator

Amanda Nava (she/they) is a freelance proofreader, editor, and writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Can be found hiking in real life and the isles of Skellige when not writing. Is a mild hazard while reading and walking their dog. Nava aims to create equity in publishing and decolonize the literary canon on various platforms, including Instagram (@books.with.mana).


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Kate Anderson-Song

head interviewer

Kate Anderson-Song (she/her) is a NYC-based writer, artist, and performer, who recently graduated college, studying Film Studies & Acting. When she’s not busy being a homebody (and conducting interviews with the coolest Overachievers), you might catch Kate out and about at a bookshop or on a random walk, always with a tea/coffee in hand (or you can find updates on www.KateAndersonSong.com & @K8AndersonSong on Instagram). And you can follow her (almost) daily art/writing on Insta/TikTok @theK8Pages!

 


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Zoe Kim

outreach coordinator | executive assistant

Zoe Kim is a Korean American college student majoring in entomology. She is passionate about facilitating honest and constructive dialogues. When not looking at insects, she enjoys hiking, trying out new recipes, and doing random workout challenges.


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Maddi Chun

outreach coordinator

Maddi Chun (she/her) is a mixed Korean-American college student from Medford, Oregon. She is currently studying journalism and narrative non-fiction at Emerson College. When not busy, Maddi enjoys wearing Birkenstocks in inappropriate weather, consuming boba, and rewatching the L word. She is very passionate about telling stories that often go unheard and uplifting Asian women.


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Chloe Sun

digital media director

Chloe Sun (she/her) is a Chinese-American high school artist and graphic designer based in Indiana. She’s passionate about using visual media to spark important conversations and uplift women of color. If she’s not putting together different publication issues or working on art pieces (which you can check out at @gallery.of.sun), you can usually find her decorating cakes at ungodly hours, taking walks outside, or dancing in her room.

 


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Natalie Obedos

comic artist

Natalie Obedos is the Comic Artist for Overachiever’s “Miss Demure” comic series. She has been a part of Overachiever’s team since it’s founding and wouldn’t change it for the world. Besides drawing and writing, Natalie also loves eating good food, cooking badly, and making up elaborate stories for portraits in museums. She recently mastered the art of making dumplings. (And wants to redo Julie and Julia but with Sohla El-Waylly and herself).


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Lauren Turner

designer

Lauren Turner is a New Zealand-based illustrator and pending crazy cat lady. Her artwork features smooth shapes, vivid colors, feminine forms, and the odd whiff of her Asian heritage. She has a Masters in Sustainable Development & Sociology and is currently working in community-based research. You can typically find Lauren in downward dog, at her local Chinese restaurant and occasionally braving social media at @sumei.creative.


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Syme de Leon

designer

Syme de Leon is a Designer at Overachiever Magazine. Passionate about social justice, Syme also graduated from a Masters in Human Rights and is currently based in Bangkok, working for a regional NGO that works to protect and promote human rights across Asia. She loves reading, sunrises, chocolate and chocolate (yes, chocolate twice).

 


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Josephine Li

designer

Josephine Li is a part of Overachiever’s Design Team. Originally from Toronto, Josie is now studying at the University of British Columbia for her Master of Architecture. She is an advocate for empowering women, even more so, Asian women and engages with all opportunities that arise. When she is not on the computer attempting to design a building, she is probably drinking bubble tea and taking care of her puppy, Kingsley.


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Jenna Tong

designer

Jenna Tong (they/them) is a Designer at Overachiever Magazine. An art student in California, they can often be found drawing chaotic animals where they don’t belong. As an Asian-American Asexual Aromantic Agender Artist and Activist (AAAAAAA!!!) they look forward to making a space for Asian womxn and non-binary people’s creative work to shine.


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Arouny Prasimay

social media manager

Based in Paris, Arouny Prasimay is a member of Overachiever’s Social Media team. She is a high schooler of Lao, British and Chinese descent, and loves being able to highlight important issues through OM’s platform. You can likely find her trying to master the Ghibli pieces on the piano, or on the look-out for a new fashion or Tudor – related exhibition to go to (depending on her mood).

 


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Neeka Boroumandi

social media coordinator

Neeka Boroumandi is a Social Media Coordinator. She currently is studying business of creative enterprises in college on the east coast. She wants to uplift Asian women’s voices in order for them to feel heard. Her favorite thing to do is listen to new music while driving and watch movies that make her cry.

 
 

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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