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‘It really starts with one person’: Eva Chen talks anti-Asian hate and the power of self-acceptance

Eva Chen Interview
  • Bestselling children’s book author and fashion influencer Eva Chen discusses her latest book, “I Am Golden,” which explores her Chinese identity.
  • The experience of living through the anti-Asian hate of the COVID19 pandemic pushed Chen to write a book that she hopes inspires children to embrace their true selves.
  • The book, which comes out Feb. 1, helped Chen process and understand what it means to be Chinese American for herself and her children.

Eva Chen, bestselling author and director of fashion partnerships at Instagram, discusses the immigrant experience, being authentic to yourself and the model minority myth ahead of the release of her new book “I Am Golden.”

You might not know exactly how you first encountered Eva Chen, but chances are you’d recognize her. The former editor-in-chief of Lucky Magazine, current director of fashion partnerships at Instagram and New York Times bestselling author can be spotted yearly at the MET Gala, at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks and on Netflix’s “Next in Fashion” co-starring with famous friends. 

Eva Chen, Apolo Ohno and Kevin Kwan say where they’re ‘really from’ in AAF poster campaign

Eva Chen Apolo Ohno Kevin Kwan AAF poster campaign

The Asian American Federation (AAF) launched a series of travel posters showcasing the roots of prominent Asian Americans and declaring they are “really from” their respective cities across the U.S.

In bright, vibrant colors, the posters showcase locations across the U.S., including Houston, Seattle and New York. Dynamic illustrations spotlight enclaves like Chinatown and Little Manila, and feature culinary dishes like rice and fish, green tea and curry. Central to each poster are the words “I’m really from…”.