The Black Allyship @ Mochi column is an ongoing project that urges an awareness of racial injustice in the United States, particularly the oppression of Black people in America. The articles, resources and opinions we share are a call to action, an open discussion, and a place to take a stance against anti-Black racism. The Asian American community for too long has stood by silently and apolitically as our fellow people of color in the United States have been oppressed by white supremacy. We do not seek to gloss over the tensions between Asian American and Black communities, but to foster healing, partnership and solidarity. 

We want to acknowledge this space as an ever-evolving effort to better ourselves and the America we want to be a part of. Integral to these reflections are accurate depictions of our community’s relationship with white privilege and the marginalization of Black, Indigenous and people of color. The Asian American movement that united our people was born from working alongside Black, Indigenous and Latinx student groups, and we hope to keep that allyship alive and active, while being aware of our own complicity and need for growth as Asian Americans.

Black lives are valuable in and of themselves, and not relationally. We stand by the fact that this is a human rights issue that we should all care about. We bridge experiences not with the expectation of reciprocity, but to foster solidarity from Asian Americans.

Origin

At Mochi magazine, our mission guides us to “Amplify Asian Voices.” Staff writer Tria Chang recognized our guiding principle as an opportunity to use our Asian voices to also amplify the Black community. Energized by the movements working to bring justice to those who have fallen to police brutality, she reached out to Mochi’s Editor in Chief Jennifer Duann Fultz, and recruited Activism Editor Giannina Ong and Copy Chief Sarah Park to serve as co-editors. 

“As three Asian Americans — of East Asian descent — we are energized to examine and dismantle systemic racism and the dynamics of white supremacy with our readers, but are also aware of our limited perspective and privilege. We are ready to learn and work alongside others who have been a part of this movement for years,” Ong says.

Pledge

“You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.” — Grace Lee Boggs

We pledge to use our platform to grow understanding in the Asian American community about systemic racism and our role in it. We recognize that we are imperfect allies and may mispeak, misstep and need to be corrected. This is a space open to feedback, but not to hate. Let’s learn and grow together.

We hope Black Allyship @ Mochi will spark productive conversation. In our commitment to be transparent about our progress and perspectives, we created an accountability document to track changes we have made to our mission statement, articles and stance. We want to know how we can do better: Feel free to email the co-editors at giannina.ong@mochimag.com. 

READ MORE FROM THE BLACK ALLYSHIP @ MOCHI COLUMN:

Articles
Fight Anti-Blackness with our Asian Parents
Juneteenth: One Among Untold American Histories
Jeanelle Austin: Shining a Ray of Justice and Joy with Racial Agency Initiative
Racial Justice 101: Colorblindness and the Social Construction of Race in America
Educate 626: San Gabriel Valley Community Unites in Solidarity With Silent Movement
Revisiting Asian American Privilege
Dear Indo-Caribbean People, Let’s Not Be Like Our Macoing Aunties
If We Defund the Police, Who Will We Call?
Interview with Kisha A. Brown, Esq., Founder of Justis Connection
“We did it”—Reflections on Kamala Harris: How we will celebrate her and hold her accountable as our new VP
Lift Every Voice and Sing — A Tribute to Black History Month

Taking Hollywood by Storm — Diverso Uplifts Writers of Color
Laya De Leon Hayes of “The Equalizer”: On Representation and Racial Identity
George Floyd Global Memorial to Host “Rise & Remember” — How You Can Help
Naomi Osaka, New Face of The Asian Diaspora, Expands Our Thinking
Anti-Blackness Harms Our Communities: Finding Solidarity in the Wake of Anti-Asian Violence
We Cannot Trust White Society With Asian Justice

Resource Roundups
June 2020 Resource Roundup: Learn to be an Ally
July 2020 Resource Roundup: Support Black-Owned Businesses
August 2020 Resource Roundup: Read for Yourself — Five Articles by Black Female Writers
September 2020 Resource Roundup: 5 Movies to Watch to Learn More About Race in America
October 2020 Resource Roundup: 9 Black Activists to Follow on Instagram
November 2020 Resource Roundup: Five Black Artists We Admire
December 2020 Resource Roundup: Gift Guide Black-Owned Businesses 
January 2021 Resource Roundup: Antiracist Books for Every Age Group
February Resource Roundup: 5 Moments of Black & Asian Solidarity
March 2021 Resource Roundup: 10 Places to Donate
April 2021 Resource Roundup: 5 Black Women-Owned Podcasts to Listen to
May 2021 Resource Roundup: 5 Anti-Racist Albums & Songs to Listen to
July 2021 Resource Roundup: Five Black Sustainability YouTubers to Follow

Authors

  • Mochi magazine’s Black Allyship @ Mochi column is an ongoing project that urges an awareness of racial injustice in the United States, particularly the oppression of Black people in America. The articles, resources and opinions we share are a call to action, an open discussion, and a place to take a stance against anti-Black racism.

  • Giannina Ong is the Editor in Chief and Activism Editor of Mochi magazine. During the day, she's a researcher, activist, and content creator. She holds a master's from University of Toronto's Women and Gender Studies Institute, and completed her bachelor's triple-majoring/triple-minoring at Santa Clara University. A spot-on Taurus (sun and rising), she is also a retired athlete, pasta-loving writer, and overeager editor.

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  • Sarah Jinee Park is the Copy Chief for Mochi magazine, as well as co-editor of the Black Allyship @ Mochi column. She is a Korean American writer and editor from Queens, NY currently exploring the tech start-up world. In a past life, she led creative writing and graphic noveling workshops for children. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Truancy Magazine and Peach Velvet Magazine.

  • Tria Wen is co-editor of the Black Allyship @ Mochi column and writer for Mochi magazine. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Ozy, the NYT Now app, HuffPost, Narratively, Slant’d Media, Thought Catalog, and the Editor’s Picks of Medium, among other places. When not writing, she co-runs Make America Dinner Again, and has appeared on NPR, BBC, ABC, Mother Jones, and at SXSW to discuss and model how to build understanding across political lines.

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