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No meek Asians here. Whether in grassroots organizations, nonprofit groups, or government positions, Asian American women are making our voices heard.

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Fight Anti-Blackness with our Asian Parents

Fight Anti-Blackness with our Asian Parents

“You can never date or marry a Black person.” These words, or some version of them, may be familiar to you. They were spoken by my parents when they forbade me from attending a school formal with a Haitian American friend, and these words were repeated to my brother...

June 2020 Resource Roundup: Learn to be an Ally

June 2020 Resource Roundup: Learn to be an Ally

As co-editors of the Black Allyship @ Mochi column, we want to acknowledge our limited capacity and highlight resources already created by Black and Asian activists. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the face of injustice and even in the face of limitless resources, so...

Black Allyship @ Mochi: Mission Statement

Black Allyship @ Mochi: Mission Statement

The Black Allyship @ Mochi column is an ongoing project that urges an awareness of racial injustice in the United States, particularly the oppression of Black people in America. The articles, resources and opinions we share are a call to action, an open discussion,...

Mom and Dad, This is What I Want to Tell You About the Riots

Mom and Dad, This is What I Want to Tell You About the Riots

As news segments flash images of protesters at odds with police lines, I hold my breath. Admittedly, I hold my breath in a different way than George Floyd, the latest victim of police brutality. On one hand, I can't breathe because I am reminded of the ways that my...

“Asian Americans” on PBS: History Lesson and Ongoing Discussion

“Asian Americans” on PBS: History Lesson and Ongoing Discussion

With many of us sheltering-in-place or at risk in essential job functions, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month hits differently this year. The continued COVID-19 scapegoating (re)produces racial tensions across the United States, resulting in acts of violence, hate,...

Fighting for Paid Family and Medical Leave

Fighting for Paid Family and Medical Leave

In January, my mom had surgery a month after having undergone a previous surgery. Complications from the first procedure had depleted my parents’ time off from work, so I stayed with them, cooked for them, did the grocery shopping and cleaned. While I did this, my...

Voices Raised for Hong Kong

Voices Raised for Hong Kong

Many of us, from all different backgrounds, are often taught to silence ourselves or to stay out of uncomfortable, controversial conversations for self-preservation, explained Kathy Khang, author of the book “Raise Your Voice.”  “We are taught to avoid conflict,...

Co-leaders in Advocacy: Anita Gundanna and Vanessa Leung

Co-leaders in Advocacy: Anita Gundanna and Vanessa Leung

During the early stages of their careers, Anita Gundanna and Vanessa Leung cultivated a friendship and a love for coalition building, policy advocacy and Coalition of Asian American Children and Families (CACF)—a collective voice of almost 50 member organizations that...

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