TRACI KATO-KIRIYAMA “Why wait?” Traci Kato-Kiriyama is a writer, performer and community organizer. She is currently the director of Tuesday Night Project, and co-creator of the play Tales of Clamor. Traci Kato-Kiriyama was a young performer the first time she realized she didn’t like waiting for opportunity —...

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TOKiMONSTA “If that was the last thing I could do before I died. I wanted to make sure I did it.” Jennifer Lee, better known by her stage name TOKiMONSTA, is a Grammy-nominated electronic music producer and DJ In 2015, Jennifer Lee, better known by her stage name...

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TAMARA SIBALA "My heart has always been in the Philippines." Tamara Sibala grew up in the small beach town of Dumaguete in the Philippines, where she spent half her time playing in the ocean’s waters and the other half in her father’s clinic. It was this early...

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SHEELA AWE “Take all that you are and run with it. Stay focused on yourself and make yourself happy. Because at the end of the day, who you are is who you are.” Sheela Awe is a dancer and model. In addition to being a member of...

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PATTY AHN “No matter what your identity is, what you say and do is political. ...

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NITHYA RAMAN “[Female empowerment] means that women are able to make their own choices. And that they are able to do the kind of work that they want to do, and live the kind of lives they want to live. And not be restrained by social...

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MINJI CHANG “I want whatever I do to be an honest, constructive voice for myself and my community.” Minji Chang is an event producer, community leader and the former executive director of Kollaboration. For the past decade, Minji Chang’s goal has been to give a platform, and more...

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MICHELLE KHARE “Seeing strong and powerful Asian women is rare, and I want to break that barrier.” Michelle Khare is a YouTuber and content producer. Previously of BuzzFeed, Khare is best known for her “extreme challenge” videos that combine her athleticism with compelling content. You may recognize Michelle...

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KULAP VILAYSACK “I don’t have to be defined by [my parents’] choices.” Kulap Vilaysack is a producer, writer, director and actress best known for creating the semi-scripted comedy series Bajillion Dollar Propertie$. Her most recent project, Origin Story, follows Vilaysack as she digs into her family’s complicated...

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KATHY MASAOKA “We have to reach out to others. We have to support other struggles. It all connects.” Kathy Masaoka is a Japanese American community leader whose activism and advocacy work began in the 1970s. She is the co-chair of Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, which...

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