The Days After: Project Ava Post-Election Reflection

Even though the paths we've taken to confront our grief and process our realities diverge, the collective message is that we commit to move forward as our stories are now more important than ever. Here is a collection from our Project Ava community in address of the days that followed and the times ahead.

PSA: How To Avoid a Phở Fiasco

I know. It’s another piece about that Bon Appétit phở video. We just can’t get enough of that mess. And what a mess it was. If you’re tired of reading the dozens of thought articles this has spurned (as I am), I hope to provide a fresh perspective that might make the experience worth your … Continue reading PSA: How To Avoid a Phở Fiasco

Why BuzzFeed’s “People Try Durian (The Smelliest Fruit in The World)” is Racist

If you’ve spent any time on social media, I can bet that you might have come across a BuzzFeed piece or two. Originator of the iconic listicle, with over 200 million audience members worldwide, BuzzFeed continues to dominate media in the millennial era. I happen to know first-hand how pervasive this content is to my … Continue reading Why BuzzFeed’s “People Try Durian (The Smelliest Fruit in The World)” is Racist

A #MyAsianAmericanStory Collection and Why You Need to Listen

#MyAsianAmericanStory, the brainchild of Californian Jason Fong, was inspired by #BlackLivesMatter and is looking to reclaim the Asian-American narrative after statements from U.S. Republican Candidates Jeb Bush and Donald Trump that tag Asian people to the term "anchor babies". Regardless of which side you stand on immigration and other matters of politics, I would like to take a moment to … Continue reading A #MyAsianAmericanStory Collection and Why You Need to Listen

Say My Name and Say It Right

This post originally appeared on Medium: Eric La Nguyen. I’ve always wanted my first YouTube critique to be of Ken Tanaka’s “What kind of Asian are you?” video that went viral a few years ago but never had the time until recently. I started to map out my opinions on that topic but then this popped … Continue reading Say My Name and Say It Right

RE: Angry White Girl Fetishizing Asian Men and Stereotyping Asian Women – That’s Racist.

A few weekends ago while doing my daily browsing through Tumblr, I stumbled across this particularly inflammatory, offensive, and all around racist, anti-Asian post written by a 20-year old white woman under the guise of a personal rant questioning why Asian men only date Asian women.

I Turned Down a $60,000 Salary When I Was 22 and It Was the Best Decision Ever

Three months out of college, and two months into my new job, I was given an offer by my CEO. The offer was a raise from my starting salary of $40,000 to $60,000 if I stayed. Without as much as a flinch of hesitation, I slid my resignation letter across his desk with the same … Continue reading I Turned Down a $60,000 Salary When I Was 22 and It Was the Best Decision Ever

The Struggle to Love to Struggle WITH Love

Juliet Shen and Vanessa Teck are two of the OCA interns who were terminated in 2013 for openly criticizing a major sponsor. Both identifying as activists and feminists in their early 20’s, they have shared experiences of isolation, pain, and fear. Since then, Juliet and Vanessa have begun a transformative journey to better understand how … Continue reading The Struggle to Love to Struggle WITH Love