Literature Team

Prerna Kulkarni

Prerna Kulkarni

Writer

Born in New Jersey to a South Asian family, Prerna has always had a passion for art. Maybe it’s because of the rich culture she belongs to or her parents’ affinity towards the eccentric art pieces they hang on the walls of her house, but it’s for sure known that Prerna’s best friend will always be a blank google document ready for her to type on. She particularly enjoys writing poetry, and if you approach her and ask her to write a poem for you, she will have it done within five minutes!

Joyce Shi

Joyce Shi

Editor

Joyce is constantly writing in her free time and is currently an editor for Dear Asian Youth. As a proud Chinese American, she loves being able to help other young writers in the Asian community share their diverse voices. When she is not writing, you will most likely find her fencing, volunteering, or eating something sweet!

Meghan Dhawan

Meghan Dhawan

Writer

A proud Asian-American originating from Canada, Meghan was newly welcomed to Dear Asian Youth as a writer for the youth nonprofit. She loves making new friends and connections with others in the Asian and the BIPOC community. Apart from writing articles, you can find her planning events for @theparachutemedia on Instagram, as well as exploring her hometown in New Jersey and going to the movie theaters! She is honored to be a part of Dear Asian Youth, and can’t wait to meet, connect, and collaborate with her fellow writers!

Hannah Govan

Hannah Govan

Writer

Tamil, British, noodle enthusiast. Hannah writes for Dear Asian Youth with an appetite for discourse and identity politics in various forms of entertainment, culture and publishing. Conflicted about her own Asian identity, she aims to explore the nuances of global issues through prose and creative non-fiction to strengthen and navigate her connection with communities. May contain traces of existential crisis.

Dilara Sümbül

Dilara Sümbül

Editor

Dilara Sümbül is a writer from San Francisco. She is a proud Turkish-American with Turkish, Kazakh, and Uzbek roots. Her work can be found in the Farside Review, the Bluefire Journal, and the Black Sea Zine. When she is not writing, she can be found writing letters, reading, journaling, and taking walks.

Anoushka Kale

Anoushka Kale

Editor

Anoushka is a British Indian editor for Dear Asian Youth. She loves getting to explore the diverse work of the writers for Dear Asian Youth, and getting to communicate with other members of the Asian community. She adores words and stories, and loves reading novels and other forms of literature, alongside writing her own short stories. Additionally, she enjoys debating, baking and going for walks.

Uma Biswas-Whittaker

Uma Biswas-Whittaker

Writer

Uma is a Bengali-British writer, currently studying English and Classical Studies at university. They enjoy writing poetry and prose inspired by ancient mythology and its themes: gender fluidity, diasporas, deities, and power. When she isn’t reading and writing, she’s probably drawing or dancing (or re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender).

Zoe Leonard

Zoe Leonard

Editor

Zoe is an Okinawan-American writer & editor that enjoys covering subjects such as imperialism, representation, and discrimination. They are a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and when not writing, enjoy spending their time sewing, roller skating, and dancing.

Yanitta Iew

Yanitta Iew

Writer

A writer from Bangkok, Thailand, Yanitta writes screenplays, short stories and novels. She loves to learn new things and reads tons of books on…everything! When she isn’t writing, she’s listening to musical theater albums, binge-watching dramas or has her eyes glued to an award-winning screenplay.

Simran Goel

Simran Goel

Editor

As an editor for Dear Asian Youth, Simran loves to interact with the DAY community. She’s passionate about learning as much as she can about the world around her and encouraging appreciation for Asians everywhere! She loves to watch Netflix and is currently watching Grey’s Anatomy and The Umbrella Academy. She also loves to read, draw, and bake, though most often you will find her taking part in her favorite hobby – sleeping.

Catherine Hu

Catherine Hu

Editor

Catherine is a computer science student at UCLA and an editor for Dear Asian Youth. She is passionate about writing and storytelling. Other interests include cooking, stargazing, and hiking.

Hannah Chen

Hannah Chen

Writer

Half Taiwanese and half Korean, Hannah is delighted with writing and drinking tea at midnight. She now lives in Singapore, hoping to see winter again soon.

Nikki Jumao-as

Nikki Jumao-as

Editor

Nikki is a passionate editor for Dear Asian Youth and a proud Filipino-Australian. She’s an introvert that aspires to be an extrovert, a fashion and beauty enthusiast, and she dreams of travelling to as many places as she can. Above anything else, she is super excited to be able to help other young people tell their stories through writing!

Lily Shen

Lily Shen

Writer

Born in Beijing and a highschool junior studying in Sri Lanka, Lily is a sixteen year old literature student and aspiring coffee shop owner. She’s passionate about using art and writing to spread love for the Asian community and to tell the world about what’s important to her. When she’s not last-minute stressing over essays, you’ll find her listening to outdated music, watching anime, and picking flowers in minecraft!

Zenith Wong

Zenith Wong

Editor

Born in Australia and now studying in Hong Kong, Zenith is a university student majoring in molecular biology and minoring in psychology. She is passionate about journalism, politics and social media advocacy, and her work at DAY strives to amplify voices and play a part in encouraging every person of this generation to take control of their future – one step and voice at a time. When not downloading hamster pictures or stressing about the future, you can find her in cafes downing coffee – or doing all those things at once.

Lam Chung

Lam Chung

Editor

As a Vietnamese-Chinese student living in Southern California, Lam has been brought up to be a jasmine milk tea, matcha latte, Greek mythology, and classic literature connoisseur. Outside of editing articles, she illustrates for Dear Asian Youth, is apart of her school’s pole vault, and speech & debate team.

Hamsavardhini (Anu) Thirunarayanan

Hamsavardhini (Anu) Thirunarayanan

Editor

Anu Thirunarayanan is a proud first-generation US college student attending UC Berkeley and studying Data Science & Conservation and Resource Studies. They have a passion for storytelling, and Anu uses this passion to exploring their various identities to understand how they impact each other and the work that they do. In their free time, you will likely find Anu sleeping, eating, or pretending to be in a karaoke bar and singing like nobody has ears.

Evie Fitzpatrick

Evie Fitzpatrick

Editor

Evie is a 16 year old Chinese-American living in North Carolina. As an editor for Dear Asian Youth, she loves reading and connecting with the works of the Asian community. When she is not busy editing writing pieces, you can find her thrifting, playing the violin, or binging Star Wars movies.

Tia Nguyen

Tia Nguyen

Writer

From Southern California, Tia is a Vietnamese writer that hopes to employ her platform to speak on current global issues, empower as many people as possible, and ignite change. When she is not writing, Tia will be pursuing her interests in STEM (biochemistry specifically), medicine, fashion, reading, and learning how to skate.

Claudia Lin

Claudia Lin

Editor

Claudia is a Chinese American from Irvine, California. Her passions lie at the intersection of journalism, ethics, educational equity, and social entrepreneurship. Throughout her time as an editor on the Dear Asian Youth team, she hopes to uplift the voices of young Asian Americans and encourage them to be fearless in telling their unique stories. When she is not editing, she can be found participating in her school’s mock trial team, blasting Taylor Swift in her bedroom, or watching Gilmore Girls for the seventh time.

Jessica Kweon

Jessica Kweon

Editor

Jessica is a proud Korean-American hailing from Maryland. She is a college senior studying Psychology, Biology, and Writing. She is passionate about community service, nonprofit work, and research, and has continued to pursue these interests offline and online. From a family of educators, Jessica loves to learn new things and share what she learns with others!

Anna Li

Anna Li

Editor

Anna is an Asian adoptee born in Wuhan, China. She hopes to bring the Adoptee and Asian-American community members together and shine a light on topics concerning Asian adoptees. During her free time, you will find her participating in many Asian American clubs at her university, reading, and having boba hang-outs with her friends.

Megan Lin

Megan Lin

Editor

Megan is a high school junior from Orange County, California. She joined Dear Asian Youth because she wants to inspire and uplift other Asian Americans like herself! In her free time, you can find Megan playing volleyball, thrifting, taking naps, or drinking boba!

Yunseo Chung

Yunseo Chung

Editor

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Yunseo is currently a high school junior in Virginia. She loves to connect her memories of Korea and her experiences in the US through her writing and is passionate about both educating and celebrating Asian youth! When she’s not writing (or struggling to solve physics problems), Yunseo can be found binging K-dramas, napping, or eating Vietnamese spring rolls.

Alexa Malto

Alexa Malto

Editor

Alexa Malto is currently a senior at Bishop Moore Catholic High School and lives in Florida. Previously, her work has been published in the Blue Marble Review Magazine, and she is an editor for Polyphony Lit and Dear Asian Youth. She’s so proud to be a part of Dear Asian Youth and how it uplifts what it means to be Asian. Besides editing, Alexa’s free time consists of being the best shotgun in her friends’ cars, writing short stories, and eating last night’s leftovers for breakfast.

Sophie Guo

Sophie Guo

Editor

Born and raised in New York, Sophie is a high school senior who loves to watch sad movies, take Instagram photos, and learn through spontaneous experiences. She works part-time as a cashier at a local Asian Fusion restaurant and is involved in many extracurriculars. In addition to the literary work she does for Dear Asian Youth, she also serves as the Director of Writing for Zenerations and the Political/Social Action Editor for her school’s newspaper.

Isabelle “Billy” Agustin

Isabelle “Billy” Agustin

Writer and Chapter Lead

Billy is a Filipina residing in North Texas who has always carried a passion for writing and a love of the arts. Spending much of her life in predominantly white suburbs, she absolutely adores being part of a community that can understand her cultural experiences. She enjoys theatre, RPGs, and taking frequent naps.

Nadine Rosete

Nadine Rosete

Editor

A passionate and outgoing Filipina-American, Nadine is an editor and chapter lead for Dear Asian Youth! It’s so inspiring to read the diverse experiences within the Asian community, and she is so honored to play a part in sharing these stories on such a fantastic platform! Besides Dear Asian Youth, Nadine is an involved first-year student at UCSD. She can be found reading, running, playing the ukulele, and singing random showtunes.

Bri Sicam

Bri Sicam

Editor

Born and raised in London, England, Bri is a proud Filipina and editor for Dear Asian Youth. She is passionate about activism, writing and connecting with the wider Asian community. When she’s not editing, Bri can be found researching for DAY’s London chapter, watching artsy films or making oddly specific Spotify playlists.

Sebastian Paragas

Sebastian Paragas

Writer

Sebastian is a Filipino writer from Georgia. He has been a part of Dear Asian Youth since August and is honored to be a part of an awesome community of Asian people. Outside of writing for Dear Asian Youth, he also writes songs, poems, and stories to exercise his skill and explore his mind. When he’s not writing, Sebastian loves musical theatre, jamming to Taylor Swift, and playing The Sims 4.

Allison Li

Allison Li

Writer

Allison is a Chinese-American writer for Dear Asian Youth and an advocate for women’s and Asian rights! She spends her time writing science-based articles for Dear Asian Youth, working on her podcast, doing Speech and Debate and FaceTiming her friends. If you ever can’t find her, she is probably covered in flour in the kitchen.

Feileen Li

Feileen Li

Writer

Feileen is a writer for Dear Asian Youth who typically enjoys creating short stories. She is an active participant in her school’s debate team and loves attending Model UN and DECA conferences. Although she enjoys spending time alone she also loves to hang out with her friends and discover new cafes and restaurants. She’s a big fan of coffee and sushi.

Siyean (Joyce) Paek

Siyean (Joyce) Paek

Editor

Siyean Paek, also known by her English-given name Joyce, is a Korean female and a zealous editor for Dear Asian Youth. Throughout her childhood, she has been blessed to meet wonderful friends that have awakened her pride and passion for her Asian heritage. Apart from editing, Siyean has been rigorously working towards her personal goal of becoming a neonatologist and will be found actively organizing events for school clubs or student-led organizations, playing the violin, or binge-watching kdramas, animes, and manhwas.

Leah Canonizado

Leah Canonizado

Editor

Leah Canonizado is an outspoken 17-year-old Filipino-American from San Diego, California. Leah is strongly passionate in helping to uplift confidence towards Asians who are struggling with their identity. Leah’s passions include closing the gender gap in STEM, fashion, and teaching younger generations. Apart from editing, Leah loves to thrift, crochet, and play her electric bass guitar (really loud).

Ella Ip

Ella Ip

Writer

A proud Chinese-American from Connecticut/Texas, Ella is an eager writer and moderator for Dear Asian Youth. She loves being able to meet other like-minded Asian peers while sharing her cultural Asian roots. Apart from writing personal prose, you will find her playing flute, leading her school’s Asian-American Student Association, and leading several non-profit positions.

Kaitlyn Fa

Kaitlyn Fa

Writer

A proud Chinese-American, Kaitlyn is an eager writer for Dear Asian Youth. She wants to uplift the Asian community and continue embracing her culture through poetry, personal narratives, and opinion articles. Outside of DAY, you can find Kaitlyn painting, binging Netflix until 2 AM, or taking spontaneous walks to her local Meijers. And she’s always down for discussing art history or literature-that is if she isn’t eating her fifth popsicle of the day.

Rachel Chau

Rachel Chau

Editor

Rachel is an undergraduate student passionate about social advocacy and healthcare equity. Apart from editing Dear Asian Youth articles, she is involved in research and several clubs at her university. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, bullet journaling, embroidery, and doing her makeup.

Cathay Lau

Cathay Lau

Writer

Hailing from England, Cathay is a passionate writer for Dear Asian Youth who lives for food adventures, traveling the world, and dancing (poorly) to RnB music. If she isn’t spotted snuggling up with a good book, she is seen hanging out with her friends and discussing life’s deep philosophies. She strongly believes in the importance of representation in the media and hopes to learn more from her fellow Asian community.

Sarah Huddleston

Sarah Huddleston

Literature Layout

As a half-Chinese girl, Sarah Huddleston is passionate about sharing the stories of Asian youths through writing and art. To Sarah, Dear Asian Youth is not only an activism organization, but a way to create personal connections with issues that affect countless people across the world. When she isn’t writing or posting pieces for the website, Sarah enjoys dancing ballet, reading, and experimenting with various recipes in the kitchen.

Erika Yan

Erika Yan

Writer

Erika is a writer from California who is enthusiastic about literature. She hopes to use this platform to write about issues that are important to her, as well as inspire others to advocate for themselves. In her spare time, she loves playing soccer, hoarding stationary (yikes), and trying new restaurants!

Jiaying Zhang

Jiaying Zhang

Writer

Jiaying loves all things cultural, historical and art. Grew up in London, UK, she loves travelling and connecting with people all over the world. As well as writing about social and political discourses, she loves photography, playing in orchestra, and exploring and stumbling over hidden places in cities.

Tanvi Garneni

Tanvi Garneni

Literature Layout

A member of Dear Asian Youth’s literature layout team, Tanvi is a member of Southern California’s South Asian community. She is passionate about representation in media and the preservation of art, culture, and language, which she contributes to by speaking at events and writing articles. She is passionate about connecting with and learning from people of diverse heritages!

Lora Kwon

Lora Kwon

Writer

Lora is a second generation Korean American living in Washington. She is passionate about educating herself and others on pressing social issues while encouraging fellow Asian to embrace their identity. Her other passions include painting, writing, and law.

Maddy Manning-Bi

Maddy Manning-Bi

Editor

A junior at Stanford Online High School, Maddy was born in San Jose, Costa Rica but has grown up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is proud to be biracial and an editor for Dear Asian Youth. Maddy is a contributor and copy editor for her school’s literary journal “The Chrysalis” as well as a culture editor for the Pixel Journal. Apart from being a classical singer who plays the piano, cello, and violin, she enjoys participating in orchestras, dancing (ballet, tap, and jazz), engaging in philosophical debates, listening to show tunes, and being with her adorable cat, Buddy!

Julianne Tenorio

Julianne Tenorio

Chapter Lead and Social Media Manager

As a spirited Filipino living in Southern California, Julianne is a passionate writer for Dear Asian Youth! She joined DAY to spread the message of embracing and appreciating your culture, as well as to speak her mind on relevant issues and topics such as current news and identity. When she isn’t writing for DAY, you can find Julianne working on tasks for the other organizations/clubs she’s in, playing Minecraft, watching anime, drinking boba, and talking to her friends.

Maiqi Qin

Maiqi Qin

Literature Layout, Social Media Manager

An avid athlete, traveler, and artist, Maiqi Qin is also a passionate advocate for intersectional activism — she strives to uplift marginalized identities by empowering today’s youth, highlighting environmental justice, and fighting for sexual violence prevention. Maiqi can often be found daydreaming to satiate her wanderlust, thrifting while educating herself on sustainable fashion, or diving into a new novel at her local coffee shop. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career working at the intersection of business and social justice.

Lydia Lee

Lydia Lee

Editor

Born and raised in Washington, Lydia is a proud Taiwanese-American and embraces her cultural heritage. She is passionate about sharing her experiences as an Asian-American and is actively involved in her community. Besides binging Criminal Minds and listening to Harry Styles, she loves playing tennis and drinking boba.

Justine Torres

Justine Torres

Writer

Born and raised Filipina-American, Justine is proud to be a writer for Dear Asian Youth. While all of her articles have a special place in her heart, her favorites include “The Weigh You Are: Body Image in Asian Communities,” “Sick of Yellow Fever: the Sexualization of Asian Women,” and “Above the Waves: Discussing Mental Health.” Besides writing for Dear Asian Youth, Justine’s hobbies include cooking, bullet journaling, and going on walks.

Amber Ting

Amber Ting

Editor

Amber Ting is an Editor for Dear Asian Youth. She attended a boarding school in MA as an international student from Taipei City, Taiwan. She loves writing, reading, and language learning.

Emily Xu

Emily Xu

Editor

As a Chinese Canadian-American, Emily takes pride in connecting bridges through communication. She’s also passionate about minimizing gender bias and serving underprivileged youths in the STEM industry. You can find her jogging, playing soccer, or horseback riding in her free time! If you have any drama or song recs, please let her know 🙂

Sandhya Ganesan

Sandhya Ganesan

Editor

Sandhya is an Indian-American from California and an editor for Dear Asian Youth. She loves being able to read about her fellow Asian peer’s experiences and being apart of such an inspiring community. Apart from her work at DAY, she can be found reading and watching movies.