As Mochi magazine celebrates its 10th anniversary, we take a look back at our most interesting articles to date. These showcase the growth and impact Mochi magazine has achieved in the last decade since the publication was founded in 2008.
1. A Look At Hollywood’s Obsession with Asian Remakes-And Why They’re Rarely Good (2016)
Caroline Kim dissects why Hollywood is invested in recreating movies from Asian production houses and the history behind doing so.
Today’s Importance: Asian Americans have long been underrepresented on the silver screen. This article outlines Hollywood’s long history of whitewashing Asian roles and encourages creatives to maintain the stories’ culture roots. With “Crazy Rich Asians” set to release next summer with huge buzz, there is hope that Hollywood will begin casting Asian Americans in prominent roles.
2. Diagnosing the Asian American Eating Disorder (2010)
Elaine Low recounts her struggle with eating disorder and the effect that Asian American culture had on her dealing with her disorder.
Today’s Importance: Most Asian American women will face the stereotype that Asian women are petite in stature and weight. Not all Asian American women fit this standard and even those who do still feel the pressure to fit this ideal. This article encourages Asian Americans to seek assistance in combating eating disorders.
3. How Affirmative Action Affects Asian Americans (2010)
Tiffany Ayuda discusses the affirmative action policy in college admissions and its potential benefits and detriments.
Today’s Importance: Affirmative action has long been a controversial topic to Asian Americans. The policy designed to benefit minorities has often been met with opposition—especially this past year with a group of Asian Americans taking legal action against Harvard University.
4. In Translation: Connecting with my Parents in a Different Culture (2011)
In this personal essay, one Asian American women reflects on the language barrier, and the connotations that go with it, between her and parents.
Today’s Importance: Many Asian Americans feel a cultural gap—one foot is with their parents’ culture and their traditions, and the other foot is in American society. The struggle to remain true to one’s heritage and individualism is a dilemma that continues to be relevant to young Asian Americans.
5. The Model Minority Myth (2008)
This article analyzes the findings from the National Commission of Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education. Their June 2008 report was published with the hope to dispel perceptions that Asians are the “model minority.” This term became popular during the Civil Rights Movements when black people were deemed as “the problem” and Asians were promoted as the hardworking, quiet minority group.
Today’s Importance: The model minority myth has haunted many Asian Americans and the findings in the report are still relevant today. Asian America is comprised of a diversity of ethnic categories and cannot be stereotyped into one model. In the current state of the country, the model minority is tired and Tran’s piece reiterates this.
6. Sexual Assault in the Asian American Community: What You Need to Know (2014)
Kelly Moon shines light on a taboo topic in the Asian American community: sexual assault. This informative piece breaks down sexual assault through definitions, statistics, and testimonials.
Today’s Importance: By highlighting how sexual assault specifically affects Asian Americans, Mochi hopes to encourage individuals to report instances, erase stigma and provide resources to help our readers protect themselves.
7. Asian American Hate Crimes Are on the Rise and This Tracker Wants to Make Sure These Issues Get a Spotlight (2017)
In February 2017, Dyne Suh was rejected from renting an Airbnb property because of her race. Elisa Kong covers what discrimination against Suh represents: a growing anti-Asian American sentiment that needs to be addressed.
Today’s Importance: Stand Against Hatred is the first-ever crime tracker specifically devoted to hate crimes against Asian Americans. In a time of social unrest, it is important that Asian Americans remain vigilant of activities that harm their safety.
8. An Asian American Perspective: How to Address the Stigma Surrounding Sex (2011)
Tiffany Ayuda dissects the stigma surrounding sex in the Asian American community and how young women can address this for a healthier, more open conversation around sex. Ayuda notes that she never received a sex talk from her parents, and she is not alone in that regard. Most Asian American women do not receive sex education at home, and when sex is mentioned, it is often met with disregard. Ayuda explains the product of this clearly: young women ashamed to discuss sex, STI and other sexual-related health issues.
Today’s Importance: With women rights gaining center stage, from the Women’s March to the #MeToo movement, young women have more freedom than previous generations to explore their sexuality and other related issues. This more progressive atmosphere may not make it any easier to talk with conservative relatives about sex though, and this is where Ayuda’s article can help.
9. Three Perspectives On Coming Out in the 21st Century for Asian Americans (2013)
Sophie, Mark, and Laurent, three Asian Americans, recount to writer Connie Ho their journey to coming out.
Today’s Importance: What transpires is a beautiful and honest ode to acceptance and the hardships we face to reach happiness. Ho captures the faith that these individuals have for future reception of the LGBTQ in the Asian American community.
10. Real Women Speak Out: The Harsh Facts About Asian American Women and Cosmetic Surgery (2016)
Michelle Cheng’s feature on the struggles Asian American women face in the choice of cosmetic surgery is both factual and personal. Asian American women from different walks of life and different career fields talk about their personal struggles with conforming to Asian beauty standards.
Today’s Importance: Many Asian American women can testify to the pressure for lighter skin, smaller features, and bigger eyes. While surgery may not be a conclusion these women come to, they can all relate to the overwhelming pressure of these beauty standards on their lives.