Asian American Women Champions of Change


Inspiration is rarity these days. But when I read about these incredible women who are truly making a difference in their communities,  both locally and globally, I get super excited…and hopeful, which is also somewhat elusive these days.

The White House has nominated 15 AAPI women are making waves with their dedication and hard work.

“These fifteen women represent the strength and diversity of the AAPI community. These leaders–in business, advocacy, philanthropy, the arts and academia—are wonderful examples for young women across the country,” said Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Even more impressive is that 5 of them are from California, and they include women who are working in higher education, advocating for those affected by modern day slavery, and fighting for disability and transformative justice to end child sexual abuse. But all 15 women are contributing in huge ways.

But, we at 8Asians felt that there was someone missing from the list. Our own Jozjozjoz (Jocelyn Wang) – our fearless leader, editor, and CEO – is an artist in her own right. She is a writer and journalist, a fierce voice and advocate for the AAPI community, and we are so better off because of her vision and direction.

Plus, like all the women lauded by the White House, she seems really cool. And, honestly, I basically want to be her when I grow up.

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About Mihee

Mihee lives in the Mid-West with her husband, toddler-aged twins (yes, terrible twos is actually a thing), and baby #3. Though her reserve of brain cells is seriously depleted she is still passionate about Asian American culture, religion and social justice for marginalized people, stories about Korea, sports, and power naps. During the day, she spends a lot of time trying to remember which baby needs to eat or get a diaper change, mentoring and ministering to college students, occasionally taking a walk, writing, watching Sportscenter, or grabbing coffee. You can read her blog here.
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