The meeting began when TMS team member Claire introduced and explained AAPI month, and shouted out some friends who are working hard to give the mixed community a voice –
@asian_soph, who runs @mixed_made
Addison Lee, Founder of mixedlife.net IG: @mixedlifemedia
Former Meetup guest Farzana Nayani farzananayani.com
We took a pause to recognize the indigenous land we occupy, followed by Lili (our founder!) and Ariel reminding us of the guidelines for thoughtful, productive discourse. We were then joined by our featured guest, Alex Chester. Alex is an actor, CEO of Mixed Asian Media, writer, and more. You can find her work here. Alex and Lili discussed the umbrella of the AAPI acronym, and the ever-shifting language around identifiers. Alex recalled her early frustrations at being forced to play up different parts or her ethnicity at castings, and dissected the Model Minority Myth.