Leanna Chan

Leanna Chan

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What to do about hurtful comments from family and loved ones during holiday gatherings

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Holidays usually call for joy and lots of time with loved ones. As much as we may cherish moments with our family and friends, dealing with their unsolicited comments about us can be painful. It’s difficult to spend time with people and build deeper relationships when you’re attacked with those dreaded comments and interrogations: 

“You’ve gained weight.” 

Asian American Women Aren’t ‘Imposters’ But Society Makes Us Feel That Way

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Vivian Chan is the co-founder of East Meets Dress, a contemporary fashion startup that serves thousands of brides each year and allows Asian Americans to celebrate their heritage without compromising style. Despite revolutionizing the wedding world and having the revenue to show for it, Chan didn’t feel like a success at the time.

Like many women in the workforce, Chan felt that she was suffering from “imposter syndrome.” The original term “imposter phenomenon” was first explored in a study about high-achieving women by psychologists Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes in 1978.

16 Over-the-Top Mooncakes to Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival


During Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) Chinese people across the globe enjoy a delicious tradition — mooncakes to share with family and friends while celebrating the moon. Mooncakes are traditionally filled with either red bean or lotus paste along with an egg yolk. There are many variations such as matcha, custard, or chocolate to accommodate more modern tastes. However, in recent years we have been seeing brands get truly creative with their cakes, varying from ridiculously extravagant to absurdly weird.

Here are some mooncakes that you might wish or not wish to have:

Dear Asians: Your Eyes Are Beautiful, Fox Eye Trend or Not

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Earlier this year, almost every MUA was sporting the “fox eye” — a makeup look meant to mimic the look of “fox-like,” almond-shaped eyes. Although popularized by supermodels and celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Megan Fox, the trend has received some serious side-eye from the Asian American community. Almond-shaped eyes are the natural eye shape of many people of Asian descent — the type of eyes that are constantly the subject of ridicule, bullying and racial slurs. Rapper Cardi B made headlines when she described her daughter with the racial slur that almost every Asian child fears being called — “ch*nky.” Fox eye posts have over 63.7 million views on TikTok and 61,500 on Instagram. It’s garnered a mixed response online with either loving it or hating it. Which leaves us with the age-old question: is this racist?

Although the fox eye trend may not be a deliberate appropriation or attack on Asians, it would be irresponsible to deny how it overlooks the discrimination that Asians experience for having those eyes naturally. It is ignorant of the trauma, internalized racism and self-esteem issues that Asian Americans face from having their ethnic features ridiculed while traditional media glorifies Eurocentric beauty ideals. When seen on a White influencer, the fox eye is seen as “beautiful” and “trendy,” but for Asian women who have that shape naturally, it is a cause of “othering” and a sign of “foreignness.” The women online pulling on their temples to show off their foxy makeup may not be doing so in a bid to insult Asians, but they are disregarding the thousands of racial abusers who did.

4 Ways to Combat Sunday Scaries and Post-Holiday Work Anxiety

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Do you feel a sense of dread wash over you every Sunday evening? Do you not only feel nervous after a nice long break but also somewhat fearful?

You’re not alone. “Sunday scaries” is a term used to describe the feeling of anxiety we experience on Sunday evenings because of the thought of returning to work. The name might not sound very frightful, but job site Monster found that 76% of American adults reported having “really bad” Sunday night anxiety which was significantly higher than other parts of the world that reported their anxiety at 47%.

7 Indoor Plants That Are Hard to Kill (Hopefully)

There are so many reasons to treat your space to an indoor houseplant. Studies show that house plants can actually boost your mood, increase creativity, reduce stress, and not to mention remove toxins from the air. Did I mention the aesthetics? Also, no millennial household or apartment is complete without one. In light of all the things that millennials are accused of “killing” from the market, plants are not one of them.

Keeping a living thing in your space can be daunting, but fear not. Here are some low-maintenance houseplants for beginner plant owners: