We held our latest editorial meeting in mid-November, and it was anything but ordinary. We were all still in a stupor from the election—no one was quite sure what to do and how we could effect change. I opened the meeting as a free for all. Mochi, after all, was dreamed up as a safe space. It’s a place to celebrate success but also to discuss nightmares and heartbreak.
The result of that emotional meeting is in front of you now. We’re calling it our Resilience issue, as a nod to the people fighting and organizing across the world. And “resilience” means strength—something I find myself needing more than usual these days.
Aside from the general sense of frustration at the election outcome, I also felt compelled to do something, and figure out how Mochi could add to the media coverage. During our meeting, we asked ourselves: How is a Trump presidency going to affect Asian Americans? Why is Asian American voter turnout so low? What are the issues that young Asian Americans care most about? And we wanted to hear from Trump supporters, too—why did young Asian Americans vote Trump? Our stellar crew of reporters set out to answer these very difficult questions.
We rounded out the issue with a feature on actor Hayden Szeto, star of “Edge of Seventeen,” and Eva Noblezada, who is currently playing the starring role in “Miss Saigon” on Broadway. Some other great reads include the story of a gay rights activist in China and an eye-opening piece on the pain of dealing with an ovarian cyst as a teenager—something that’s much more common than you’d think.
Our goal with every story is to entertain, educate, and inspire. With the slightly more serious nature of the current issue, we are also hoping to provide clarity, comfort, and strength. This is the most important issue we’ve put together since Mochi was founded, and one we’re proud to publish.