Leadership Team

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 a retired athlete, pasta-loving writer, and overeager editor. Catch her on Instagram @ThisIsGiannina.

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 movie soundtracks 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.

Dani Kau

Art Director
Dani Kau 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.

Sarah Jinee Park

Executive Editor and Copy Chief
Sarah Jinee Park is the Copy Chief for Mochi magazine, as well as co­editor 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/.

Adelina Sun

Director of Marketing
Adelina Sun is the Director of Marketing for Mochi. A proud Texan, she joined as a Social Media Coordinator in 2016 after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College. By day, Adelina works in marketing and recently received her working professionals MBA from the University of Texas at Austin (hook 'em!). As she navigates her new-found free time, you'll find her catching up on sleep, exploring new interests and hobbies, or planning her next adventure around the world.

Section Editors

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 API DA creatives. She chronicles her mishaps at https://mandarinmama.com.

Ingrid Allen

Entertainment Associate
Ingrid Allen aids the entertainment section at Mochi Magazine and works in film production and marketing, traversing between Vancouver B.C. and California. As a purveyor of all things media related, Ingrid will analyze celebrity gossip to sociological levels. When she's not dissecting pop culture in her writing, she also enjoys painting, tennis, and finding great taco spots.

Yvonne Su

Arts & Culture Editor
Yvonne Su is a writer and Arts & Culture Editor for Machi 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 lnstagram account @babesagainstthevirus and is part of the local Sister District group.

Amanda Ng

Lifestyle Editor

Copy Team

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.

Mai Vang

Copy Editor
Mai Vang is a Hmong American writer and editor. She recently graduated from Michigan State University, majoring in Professional and Public Writing. Her favorite genres of books to read are science fiction and fantasy. She is a big fan of Studio Ghibli Inc. and her hobbies include being a plant mom and rewatching the same Netflix shows over and over again. She also likes to play a lot of video games, such as OMORI or Legend of Zelda, whenever she has time.

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

Copy Editor

Rhythm Kim

Copy Editor
Rhythm Kim is on a constant journey to learn. She's been spotted reading memoirs and going on cross-country road trips. If she's not trying to get her dog to speak to her, she's probably searching for the perfect pistachio ice cream brand. She loves editing because it helps readers learn and understand easier. If only she could edit her speech because she loves telling stories on end.

Staff Writers

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, stand­up comedy, and ABDC, and will gladly talk in great lengths about any of these topics if given the opportunity.

Sobana Balasubramanian

Staff Writer
Sobana Balasubramanian is from Poughkeepsie, New York, and recently graduated from Vanderbilt University, majoring in Neuroscience and Creative Writing. In her free time, she is either writing fiction, running outdoors, or watching a Netflix movie. She is passionate about searching for the intersection between science and literature and storytelling.

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.

Jessica Liu

Staff Writer
Jessica Liu is in college, studying mathematics and creative writing. Her words have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Reclamation Magazine, and Overachiever Magazine. In her free time, she likes tending to her (honestly excessive amount of) houseplants and making really good turkey, fig, and brie sandwiches.

Joan King

Staff Writer
A freelance writer and collegiate recovery advocate, Joan King is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the National Association of Memoir Writers, the Willamette Writers Organization, and the National Women of Color Network. Joan has a BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, an MA in English, and is currently obtaining a Doctorate in Education. Her articles regarding AAPI voices in literature appeared on the teacher blogs BuildingBookLove and TeachNouvelle and she has also been published in TinyBeans.com, the United States Air Force Arctic Warrior, and the Seattle Times. She received a United States Air Force Medal of Achievement.

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

Staff Writer
Ivy Payne 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 Lomendehe

Staff Writer
Summer L. is a writer, tab hoarder, and graphic tee enthusiast based in Northern California. She probably knows that she needs to find a better writing process. Probably. But here she is, writing and eating vegan kaldereta at the same time. 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 world building dystopian Asian novels or sporting a resting anxiety face. Find her on Twitter, where she tries to balance professionalism and her love for K-pop.

Christina Poulin

Staff Writer
Christina Poulin is a lifelong writer hailing from New York City, with family ties to Hawai’i. Her first love is fiction, but she has a deep affection for poetry, memoir, and creative nonfiction—really any medium that allows her to untangle her identity and amplify underrepresented voices. When Christina isn’t writing, you can find her singing along to Queen or watching horror movies with the lights off (and proceeding to have nightmares later).

Joy Sun

Staff Writer
Joy Sun is an aspiring writer and foodie based in Southern California. Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Joy has a deep appreciation for chewy boba, a good matcha latte, and spicy noodles. When not writing, she's planning trips, hanging with her pup Tofu, and sharing meals with loved ones.

Tria Wen

Staff Writer
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, Huff Post, 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 lnstagram.

Kai Xing Mun

Staff Writer
Kai Xing Mun (she/they) is Malaysian-Chinese American, born and raised in Lenapehoking (also known as NYC) and is an ace and nonbinary actor and writer. Kai is a freelance writer whose essays focus on intersectional feminism and Pan-Asian American issues. Their writing has been published in HelloGiggles, Mochi, April, and Here You Are. Their original monologue “Anna May Wong: PERSONA” was published in In Full Color: The First Five Years Anthology. Follow them on Instagram @kaixingmun.

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. In her free time, you will catch her browsing the internet to find new places to eat, places to hike or things to read.

Shreya Suresh

Staff Writer
Shreya Suresh is a recent graduate in anthropology from Vassar College. She works for a market research firm in the New York area where she mostly does qualitative research. She was primarily raised in Bangalore, India, a city that corrupted, confused, and crafted her thoughts and values. You'll find her reading post-colonial theories one moment and watching Turkish dramas the next.

Dorilyn Toledo

Staff Writer
Dorilyn Toledo is a Guatemalan Filipina editor and educator from California. During their undergrad at UCI, they studied Political Science and Social Ecology, focusing on law/race and social behavior. They believe that you are what you love. In their case, it's riot grrrl music, healing reads, and bell hooks quotes.

Marketing & Creative Team

Kelsey Tanouye

Social Media Manager
Kelsey Tanouye is a communications professional driven by passion and heritage. Originally from Hawai'i, she received her B.A. from Linfield College in 2015, where she majored in mass communication and minored in business management, and is now currently pursuing a master's degree in communication management from the University of Southern California. In a nutshell, she's bad with plants, better with people, and best at a concert. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, or lnstagram.

Asia Bumanglag-Bagay

Social Media Coordinator
Asia Bumanglag-Bagay is a Filipino-American born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She's a proud mom of an extremely vocal yet cuddly miniature dachshund name Arabiki. In her free time, she loves to fall asleep while listening to true crime podcasts or eat to her heart's content. Connect with her via LinkedIn or Instagram.

Lisa Wakiyama

Illustrator
Lisa Wakiyama is an Illustrator Editor for Mochi Magazine. She is a proud Japanese American storyteller, graduate of Art Center College of Design, and member of the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement. Her interest in shedding light on AAPI creatives and Asian American issues led her to discover Mochi Magazine. In her free time, you can find her absorbed in a film or book, tending to her garden, or trying new recipes for her loved ones.

Mochi Alumni

Maggie Hsu, Co-founder

Stephanie Wu, Co-founder and Editor in Chief

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, Editorial (Beauty)

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 LeCert, 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 

Fei Lu, Editorial

Stephanie Poon, Social Media

Alice Tang, Business

Stephanie Lee, Business

Yimin Peng, Editorial

Iris Zhao, Editorial

Angela Zhang, Editorial

Catherine Zaw, Editorial

Michelle Yang, Editorial

Amanda Hu, Editorial

Kelly Moon, Business (Executive Editor)

Kanica Phoc, Social Media

Kathy Pham, Web Designer

Colleen Ly, Art Director

Alyssa De La Rosa,  Marketing Designer

Danielle Slauter, Staff Writer

Lily Rugo, Staff Writer

Tiffany Ngo, Staff Writer

Kelly Pau, Staff Writer

 

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