Jessica Yang

Jessica Yang is a blogger for Mochi Magazine. On the side, she blogs about books at Crazy Red Pen, studies psychology and writes. A little lost without reception and/or WiFi. Email her at

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The Brilliant “Fresh Off the Boat” Lunar New Year Episode

February 16 • by Jessica Yang

I first started watching “Fresh Off the Boat” because I had read Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name, which loosely inspired the show. The TV version follows the Huangs, a Taiwanese American family, growing up in Orlando, Florida, in the 1990s. What I love about the show is that it reflected some of the…


Mochi Book Club Giveaway: Celest Ng’s Everything I Never Told You

July 27 • by Jessica Yang

Celeste Ng’s debut novel Everything I Never Told You came out last month, and we couldn’t be more excited for it. Ng grew up in Pittsburgh and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. Everything I Never Told You was featured in our Adventure issue and thanks to its publisher, Penguin Books, we’re giving…


Mochi Book Club Giveaway: Mambo in Chinatown

July 8 • by Jessica Yang

Some of you may remember Jean Kwok’s Girl in Translation, a semi-autobiographical story that chronicles the cultural and societal struggles of an immigrant girl. Kwok’s second novel Mambo in Chinatown came out last week, and we couldn’t be more excited for it. It was one of the books featured in our Adventure issue and thanks…


The Unknown Yet Important Legacy of Yuri Kochiyama

June 30 • by Jessica Yang

In a 1965 Life image, a petite Asian woman wearing cat-eye glasses was photographed holding Malcolm X’s head moments after he was shot. The young Asian woman was Yuri Kochiyama, who passed away recently at the age of 93. Although Kochiyama was a long-time political activist, she had an idyllic upbringing in a largely Caucasian…


#WeNeedDiverseBooks Calls for Characters of Color

June 12 • by Jessica Yang

For a long time, most characters in fiction were white, except for the characters in cultural novels. Slowly, characters of color have found their ways into mainstream novels but it’s still not enough. According to a University of Wisconsin study from earlier this year, only 8 percent of children’s books are either written by writers…


Win a Copy of Jenny Han’s ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’

April 29 • by Jessica Yang

Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was just released and we couldn’t be more excited for it. It was one of the books featured in our Outspoken issue and we’re offering a copy for one lucky reader. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a young adult novel about Lara Jean,…


A New Take on Rap: Spoken Word Poets Discuss the Model Minority Stereotype, Generational Divides, and More

April 1 • by Jessica Yang

How many times have you been asked “What kind of Asian are you”? I know that I’ve been asked it many times. For spoken word poet Alex Dang, it’s a source of annoyance and anger, as he acts out in a video that’s been spreading among the Asian American community. His performance, called “What Kind…


Win a Mochi Book Club Book With Our True Novel Giveaway

March 17 • by Jessica Yang

Our most recent “Outspoken” spring issue launched this week and we couldn’t be more excited for it! To coincide with this launch, we are giving away the books featured in our spring Mochi Book Club. Our first giveaway is for A True Novel by Minae Mizumara, a Wuthering Heights retelling. Other Press, A True Novel’s…


Korean Adoptee Dan Matthews Shares His Inspiring Story of Reuniting with His Twin Brother

March 5 • by Jessica Yang

Here is a story that will warm your heart: On March 6, ISATv, a YouTube channel dedicated to Asian American entertainment, will premiere musician aka Dan’s inspiring story of reuniting with his biological family and meeting his identical twin brother. Dan Matthews, also known as DanAKADAN, took a trip during the summer of 2013 to…


YouTube Star of the Week: Lauren Riihimaki

January 20 • by Jessica Yang

There’s nothing more rewarding than a DIY project, and for YouTuber Lauren Riihimaki, who’s behind LaurDIY, there are no limits for DIY. She was recently featured in Seventeen and while most college students are looking for campus jobs, her creations, including iPhone case designs, have helped this crafty teen make a living. Where do you…