Editor's Note

Dear readers,

They say youth is wasted on the young—and we’re here to prove them wrong.

A few years ago, the Mochi founders were a couple of college students who dreamed of creating a product we couldn’t find in the mediascape. Since then, we’ve come unbelievably far, thanks to an incredibly talented (and young) group of editors and writers. Together, we’ve put together an issue that celebrates young Asian Americans and the sweeping influence they have on the world.

We’ve got some amazing features for you—our cover girl Kelsey Chow is only 19 and juggling a hit Disney TV show and college. I’m extremely proud of our 25 Under 25 list of astounding individuals that are, you guessed it, under 25 years old. It’s a wonderful mix of industries and people, from Brenda Song and Jenna Ushkowitz to Chanel Iman and Vanessa Hudgens.

We’re also spotlighting some cool people who are changing their respective fields in some huge ways: controversial chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang; four teen entrepreneurs making waves in healthcare, social media, finance and more; and family business manager Jason Wang of Xi’an Famous Foods.

And perhaps one of my favorite stories this issue is a compilation of pick-up lines we collected from college boys across the country. They’re a fun reminder that sometimes, when you meet someone you like, there’s no reason not to take the plunge and put yourself out there. After all, you’re only young once.

Vivaciously yours,