Leadership Team

Giannina Ong

Giannina Ong

Editor in Chief and Activism Editor

Giannina Ong is 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. Catch her on Instagram @ThisIsGiannina.

Sarah Jinee Park

Sarah Jinee Park

Executive Editor and Copy Chief

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. Read more of her work at sarahjineepark.com/

Melody Ip

Melody Ip

Managing Editor

Melody Ip is the Managing Editor for Mochi magazine and a freelance copy editor/writer by night; by day, she reads Harry Potter books and sings along to KidzBop with her three kids. She loves the trees and rain of the Pacific Northwest, still sends handwritten letters, and always has at least five books on her nightstand.

Adelina Sun

Adelina Sun

Director of Marketing

Adelina Sun leads the marketing efforts for Mochi Magazine. Originally from and currently residing in Dallas, Texas, she joined Mochi as a Social Media Coordinator after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 2016. By day, Adelina works as a social media strategist. At night (and on some weekends), you’ll find her studying for her MBA at the University of Texas at Austin (hook ’em!). When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys catching up on sleep and exercising her creativity through writing or crafting.

Section Editors

Virginia Duan

Virginia Duan

Entertainment Editor

Virginia Duan is the Entertainment Editor for Mochi magazine and the Living Justice Editor for Diverging Magazine. You can find her work on various sites like Romper, Mom.com, Diverging Mag, and Mochi magazine. She hosts the Noona ARMY Podcast and founded BrAzn AZN, the only retreat for APIDA creatives. She chronicles her mishaps at https://mandarinmama.com.

Yvonne Su

Yvonne Su

Arts & Culture Editor

Yvonne Su is a writer and Arts & Culture Editor for Mochi magazine. She is a copywriter and teacher. In her free time, she assembles meals with 714 Mutual Aid, makes zines with Bayanihan Kollective, and writes book reviews for LibroMobile. She also manages the Instagram account @babesagainstthevirus and is part of the local Sister District group.

Amanda Ng

Amanda Ng

Lifestyle Editor

Copy Team

Kelisha Menon

Kelisha Menon

Copy Editor

Kelisha Menon was born in Malaysia but is a lifelong New Yorker. She works in media and marketing and spends her free time volunteering with Send Chinatown Love, an NYC-based non-profit helping businesses in Chinatown overcome economic struggles. Otherwise, you can find her trawling Queens for the best street tacos, noodle soups and sisig.

Cecilia To

Cecilia To

Copy Editor

Cecilia To is a wife and mom of three. Pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Biology instead of Literature is one of her many regrets in life, along with missing Britney Spears in concert circa her “Oops!… I Did it Again” heyday. She now makes up for it by reading voraciously and writing in her free time, and before the pandemic, spent a small fortune on Taylor Swift tickets of which her husband is still reeling from the cost. (To which she says, “Shake it off!”)

Tenyia Lee

Tenyia Lee

Copy Editor

Staff Writers

Kelly Pau

Kelly Pau

Staff Writer

Kelly Pau is a Staff Writer for Mochi and describes herself as the Asian Carrie Bradshaw (if you swap the romance articles for race and culture and keep the closet, of course). A New York City native inspired by the blessed diversity she grew up with, Kelly is dedicated to expanding her community by spending her life reporting on the always inspiring news and work from underrepresented and marginalized communities, even if she has to exist on cup noodles to do so (as if she didn’t already). For more updates on what’s new and what’s worth your attention, follow her on Twitter.

Lily Rugo

Lily Rugo

Staff Writer

Lily Rugo is a content creator from St. Louis who ended up in Boston. She is a bookseller by day and, in her spare time, she makes podcasts, writes about pop culture, and overthinks her identity.

Kenna Tanouye

Kenna Tanouye

Staff Writer

Born and raised on the island of O’ahu, Kenna Tanouye (she/her) is the proud sum of an interracial marriage, along with all of the wonderful people, experiences, and challenges she has faced up until this point in her life. A self-proclaimed “professional hype woman”, she aspires to be the connecting factor to help share the stories and people that tend to get overlooked by mainstream media, because those are often the ones we need to hear the most. She’s a huge fan of sports, podcasts, music, stand-up comedy, and ABDC, and will gladly talk in great lengths about any of these topics if given the opportunity.
Jennifer Duann Fultz

Jennifer Duann Fultz

Staff Writer

JDF is the former editor in chief of Mochi magazine and all-purpose Internet auntie. She creates resources for Asian American freelancers at ChiefExecutiveAuntie.com. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, pretending to organize her home, and starting too many side projects.

Tiffany Ngo

Tiffany Ngo

Staff Writer

Tiffany Ngo is a writer, student, and foodie from Texas. She has been writing professionally since the age of 12 and has since also developed a passion for literature, the humanities and learning. Tiffany is currently studying at the University of Texas at Austin and can be found learning how to code or exploring new restaurants in her free time.

Ivy Payne

Ivy Payne

Staff Writer

Ivy Payne, Fashion Editor at Mochi, has always played dress up. Throughout her childhood living in Los Angeles (Culver City, specifically) she was known as best dressed. It wasn’t necessarily the brands she wore but how her outfits were effortlessly put together. She began her fashion career working for international mall developer, Westfield, then made her way to Marie Claire magazine. However, now she plays dress up on the big screen (or small, if you prefer the iPhone) as a Costume Designer, bringing life to characters through clothes. If she’s not storytelling with wardrobe, you’ll find her with personal clients making them feel and look their best. 

Summer L.

Summer L.

Staff Writer

Summer L. is a writer, tab hoarder, and graphic tee enthusiast based in Northern California. After playing “Bratz: Rock Angelz” on her family’s Play Station 2 as a kid, she’s dreamed of writing for a magazine herself. When she’s not stringing sentences together, she can be found worldbuilding dystopian Asian novels or sporting a resting anxiety face. You can catch her liking K-pop posts on Twitter.

Tria Chang

Tria Chang

Staff Writer

Tria Chang 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, The Blaze, Mother Jones, and at SXSW to discuss and model how to build understanding across political lines. Find her on Instagram.

Emily Mun

Emily Mun

Staff Writer

Emily Mun is an actor and writer who was born and raised in New York City. She is best known for her film work with Refinery29. Her work focuses on intersectional feminism and Pan-Asian American issues. She writes articles, stories, plays and screenplays. She has been published by online platforms such as HelloGiggles, Mochi, Cold Tea Collective and April Magazine. Her monologue “Anna May Wong: PERSONA” was published in the book “In Full Color: The First Five Years Antholog.” Follow her on Instagram @EmilyHMun.

Lily Fuller

Lily Fuller

Staff Writer

Lily Fuller is a proud mom of Lucy the dog and Clover the cat. She was born and raised in Arizona by her mother and their extended family after most had settled down there after the Vietnam War. She is currently pursuing her artistic side as an art studio manager but has never lost her passion for literature and writing. In her free time, you will catch her browsing the internet to find new places to eat, places to hike or things to read.

Danielle Slauter

Danielle Slauter

Staff Writer

Marketing & Creative Team

Carole Kau

Carole Kau

Marketing Coordinator

Carole is a proud Asian American creative born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from the University of Redlands with a B.S in Global Business, she wanted to contribute to a publication focused on Asian American empowerment and issues, leading her to find Mochi Magazine. She currently works in communications and organizational change management, and in her free time does graphic design, breakdancing, running, and eating all the delicious food she can find. Connect with her on Linkedin or instagram.

Colleen Ly

Colleen Ly

Art Director

Colleen Ly is a digital marketer, graphic designer, and content writer. She loves animals, plants, mountains, and most of all, food. She aspires to travel the world and pet every dog. Check out her work at www.colleenly.com.

Madison Doung

Madison Doung

Social Media Assistant

Madison Duong comes from both Hmong and Vietnamese heritage. She was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and is currently a college student studying Journalism and hopes to graduate to find more opportunities that will help her pursue her dream of creating content and telling stories. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Instagram.

Kelsey Tanouye

Kelsey Tanouye

Social Media Manager

Kelsey Tanouye is the Social Media Manager for Mochi magazine and, in a nutshell, is bad with plants, semi-okay with people and best when in her element at a concert. Born and raised on Oahu (Hawaii), she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Linfield College, where she majored in mass communication and minored in business management, and now works full-time as a communications and marketing professional. As a Japanese-American, her work is driven by two main factors — passion and heritage. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram to talk serious or send memes. Both are cool.

Janelle Wu

Janelle Wu

SEO Analyst

Janelle Wu is an SEO Analyst for Mochi Magazine. She is an ex fashion PR professional and now a digital marketer who is crazy about numbers. She loves art, photography and readings too. Talk to her via LinkedIn or Instagram.

Kathy Pham

Kathy Pham

Web Manager

Kathy enjoys drinking copious amounts of decaf tea by day, and working on creative projects like Mochi at night. Her career has spanned property management – helping people find apartment homes in Los Angeles to planning media advertisements for the 2020 Census. Kathy currently works in digital marketing. Outside of work, she speaks Russian, makes Youtube videos and volunteers. Connect with her on Instagram, LinkedIn, or at kathy-pham.com.

Alyssa De La Rosa

Alyssa De La Rosa

Marketing Designer

Alyssa is a second generation Filipina American born and raised in the Midwest and South. Now living in Seattle, she works in healthcare administration and finds urban, West Coast life very strange. Some of Alyssa’s favorite things are fonts, furniture, and food 😉

Mochi Alumni

Maggie Hsu, Co-founder

Stephanie Wu, Co-founder and Editor-at-Large

Tammy Hui, Creative

Julie Leung, Editorial

Sandra Sohn, Co-Founder

Anna Wu, Creative

Serena Wu, Creative

Teresa Wu, Editorial

April Xie, Editorial

Gina Lin, Business

Gabrielle Yo, Business

Jane Choi, Editorial

Wan Yi Fang, Business

Destynee Powell, Editorial

Erika Lam, Business

Alice Hu, Business

Eileen Jen, Business

Brandie Raasch, Creative

Alexander Liang, Editorial

Susan Hirai, Editorial

Noel Duan, Editorial

Eunice Son, Creative

Michelle Cheng, Editorial

Xiaofei Jalette, Editorial (Fashion)

Jaeil Cho, Illustrator

Kimberly Tran, Editorial

Catherine Zaw, Editorial

Esther Cho, West Coast Contributor

Heidi Carreon, Editorial

Erika Lee, Editorial

Christine Wei, Editorial (Executive Editor)

Sora Hwang, Editorial (Managing Editor)

Stephanie S. Lee, Assistant Managing Editor, Director of Public Relations

Angela Lee, Business

Jennifer Kung, Editorial

Vivian Luu, Editorial

Jackelyn Ho, Editorial

Jasmine Ako, Business

Stephanie Yang, Creative

Malia Griggs, Editorial

Alicia Ritchey, Editorial

Sharon Lee, Web

Grace S. Cheng, Advisory Board

Irene Yu, Web

Angela Zhang, Business

Esther Suh, Editorial

Victoria Chai, Business

Zhi Bo Deng, Web

Tiffany Yu, Business

Victoria Tsay, Business

Amy Lee, Business

Kirsten Ho, Business

Tiffany Hu, Creative Director

Rosalie Chan, Editorial

Kar Yi Lim, Beauty Editor

 Jessica Yeung, Creative

Khanh Pham, Graphic Designer

Rachel Yang, Editorial

Ubin Li, Creative

Yifan He, Creative

Mandy Yeh, Creative

Yi-Jin Yu, Editorial

Tiffany Ayuda, Editorial (Blog Editor)

Sarah Spitz, Editorial

Bonnie He, Editorial

Elaine Low, Editorial (Blog Editor)

Jessica Yang, Editorial

Mona Ho, Business

Lindsey Kim, Creative

Marcie LaCerte, Creative

Jennifer Kong, Creative

Jennifer Chin, Editorial

Francesca Manto, Social Media

Alexa Strabuk, Editorial

Jennifer H Kim, Editorial

Marietta Leung, Photographer

Stephanie Wang, Photographer

Leslie Yeh, Design Director

Emmi Murao, Illustrator

Quincy Cho, Editorial

Emily Outtarac, Editorial

Camille Nguyen, West Coast Editor

Esther Kao, Social Media Coordinator

Fei Lu, Arts & Culture Editor

Stephanie Poon, Social Media Coordinator

Alice Tang, President

Stephanie Lee, Director of PR

Yimin Peng, Editorial

Iris Zhao, Lifestyle Editor

Angela Zhang, Editorial

Catherine Zaw, Editorial

Michelle Yang, Editorial

Amanda Hu, Editorial

Kelly Moon, Executive Editor and Head of Business Development

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