It’s been a tumultuous few months since we produced our last issue. Yes, we’re coming to the end of an (incredibly long) election year, but it’s also been a time of high racial tensions and increased public discussions of sexual rights around the country. That’s why I’m so proud to announce our Unity issue, which is a bit more serious in nature than some of our past editions have been.
When Black Lives Matter was gaining traction this summer, Christina Xu kicked off a powerful movement with Letters For Black Lives, an open letter directed at Asian American parents about solidarity and why one minority group’s struggle should be everybody’s struggle. One of its coordinators, Sara Onitsuka, talked to us about the viral project. We also tell the story of sexual assault survivor Amanda Nguyen, who brought White House attention to a bill that ensures rape kits aren’t destroyed—another issue that men and women, survivor or not, should stand behind. And given next week’s history-making election, we’ve published a guide to the biggest political issues that young people are facing, with a look at where the four biggest parties stand. Even if you’ve already decided who you’ll be casting a vote for on November 8, it’s an illuminating look at the way our political parties are divided—and how they can be surprisingly similar.
We’ve highlighted some other spectacular voices in this issue: Cover girl Vanessa Lee is a supermodel who’s giving other models a platform to talk about healthy eating through cooking. Miki Agrawal, founder of Thinx, is breaking down the taboos surrounding periods. And Sarah Kuhn has brought us an inspiring Asian American female superhero in her new comic series. It’s our goal that each of our themed issues speaks both to a specific moment in time as well as to the larger contemporary world that we live in, and, given the impact next week will have on the next four years, I can’t think of a better time to be having these discussions.