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Badass Women: Britt Pham, Prisca Choe, and Zorinah Juan

Back in March, I attended a happy hour for Asian Womxn in the Arts (AWA) and was left pretty speechless. I realized I had never been in a room with so many powerhouse creative womxn who looked like me, related to challenges I’ve faced, and were willing to share their stories of triumph and failure. There were Asian immigrants, first-gen, and third culture kids, all working hard on their respective crafts as they blazed their own trails.

As a third culture kid with immigrant parents, I’ve had my own struggles going after a nontraditional career. It’s been difficult to find other Asian womxn with similar paths and to realize that I’m not alone. Luckily, my parents have been supportive of my journey, even though they worry (a lot) about how they don’t know exactly where I’m going or where I’ll end up. During the AWA happy hour, creatives…

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GroundShift: An Immersive Weekend of Politics, Art, and Community

Over Memorial Day Weekend, I hopped on a bus that took me upstate to Camp Hilltop in the Catskills to attend workshops, hike, and have deep conversations with fellow community builders and activists. While there was a lot of excitement as my bus departed last Friday, there was also an undercurrent of nervousness. Over 140 strangers were going to be taking the plunge to openly talk about politics, civic empowerment, activism, and how to collaborate and help each other solve big problems.

The GroundShift team had been working tirelessly for over 10 months to launch their first event. Their goal was to build a community of change makers, hold space for people to connect with others and openly express themselves, and inspire people to understand and improve our political and social systems…

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Dreamchasers to Tastemakers: A Feast for the Eyes, Mouth, and Soul

My earliest memory of dessert involved my birthday party, during which my parents took copious amounts of flash photography to commemorate their first child’s first birthday. The LA sunshine streamed through the windows while I was restricted by the tray table of my high chair, delighted with having my very own cake — a mini royal blue Cookie Monster ice cream cake. I could not contain my excitement and joyfully swung my legs back and forth, kicking my tray and the carefully decorated cake straight into my face. It was a delightfully cold mess that sparked my love for all all things colorful and sweet. Case in point, I made sure that my younger siblings shared my love of ice cream as soon as they could eat semi-solid foods (I’m the one lounging on the grass on the right). Last weekend, I had the pleasure of…


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A Guide to the Best Events Happening Around NYC this July

There’s never a shortage of things to do all summer long. You don’t have to wait until the weekend to dance against the backdrop of a vibrant sunset, or stop celebrating once the fireworks end on the fourth. This month you can hit up block parties, take part in a massive meditation under a blue whale, and check out a rare book room, all between poetry readings, improv performances, and art shows. I love a good party — but throw in a rooftop, interactive art installation, food, and good people, and you’ll find me throwing out high fives on the dance floor…

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An Evening of Picnicking, Music, and Performance Art at Untermyer Gardens

Looking to escape the city, but not quite up for a rock scramble at Breakneck Ridge or the crowds in Cold Spring? Take the Metro North to Yonkers and make your way to Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, where you can stroll around beautiful parks filled with Roman columns, sphinxes, waterfalls, a walled garden with towers straight out of a fairy tale, and more!. I got to spend an evening at Untermyer after hours for the second annual Great Forgotten Garden Party produced by Atlas Obscura

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Live Art and Music Took Over the Streets at the Bushwick Collective Block Party

Nooklyn kicked off summer 2018 at the Bushwick Collective Block Party, right in front of our Bushwick office. Top street artists produced massive, Instagram-worthy pieces to celebrate the neighborhood’s art scene. These spray can masters worked on their murals in real-time, while musical acts including Ja Rule, Chris Webby, DJ Evil Dee, Statik Seletah provided backdrop tunes. Food trucks and local vendors lined the street and people even got colorful designs spray painted on their arms, legs, and faces…

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Badass Women: Britt Pham, Prisca Choe, and Zorinah Juan

Back in March, I attended a happy hour for Asian Womxn in the Arts(AWA) and was left pretty speechless. I realized I had never been in a room with so many powerhouse creative womxn who looked like me, related to challenges I’ve faced, and were willing to share their stories of triumph and failure. There were Asian immigrants, first-gen, and third culture kids, all working hard on their respective crafts as they blazed their own trails…

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GroundShift: An Immersive Weekend of Politics, Art, and Community

Over Memorial Day Weekend, I hopped on a bus that took me upstate to Camp Hilltop in the Catskills to attend workshops, hike, and have deep conversations with fellow community builders and activists. While there was a lot of excitement as my bus departed last Friday, there was also an undercurrent of nervousness. Over 140 strangers were going to be taking the plunge to openly talk about politics, civic empowerment, activism, and how to collaborate and help each other solve big problems…

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The Best Events Coming Up in NYC This June

AsNew Yorkers clink glasses to the start of rooftop season and colorful summer sunsets start to take over your Instagram feed, you can be sure there will be numerous festivals, movie nights, and celebratory evenings to be enjoyed across the city. This weekend alone you’ll find me jumping around between block parties in Brooklyn, hopping on a train and hauling a picnic to a garden party north of the city, and having Sunday life chats on rooftops while staring at the skyline…

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The Best Events Coming Up This Month in NYC

There are always plenty of events to attend in NYC on any given night pending your inclinations, friend group, and your curiosity to embrace all the alluring things the city has to offer…

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Hustle Fest, The Place to Be for Aspiring Freelancers

Diving into freelancing and building my own company wasn’t something I ever thought I would be doing. I admired people who did it, but the idea of being an entrepreneur myself was scary and uncertain. I tried muffling the little voice in my head that was whispering, “Well, what if?” and “Why not you?” with loud music and a steady paycheck.

Over the course of my adventure in NYC, I have launched creative ad campaigns during the day and produced events at night and on weekends as soon as I was out of the office. It was delicate juggling several projects at once…

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A Saturday Saloon: Live Art Party Showcasing Emerging Talent

I’m a big supporter of events that center around emerging artists and serve as a jumping point for their careers. These days, all it takes is a random person sliding into your Instagram DMs asking you to collaborate that can lead to incredible projects. As a creative myself, it’s reassuring to see people connecting to the work I put out. Genuine appreciation and conversation can spark new ideas and push me in new directions. I always strive to connect fellow artists to communities and platforms that will inspire them and help them grow their art form…

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Bold, Beautiful, and Brave: Kick Ass Female-Driven Events

When the bold, beautiful, and brave get together in a space, there is always an energy simmering in the air. Dreamers intersect with entrepreneurs and become eager to collaborate and share. Last week, I went to some brilliant female-run events. I love seeing how many powerhouse visionaries are gathering in pockets of NYC, sharing ideas, triumphs, and frustrations with fellow women…

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Dreamchasers to Tastemakers: A Feast for the Eyes, Mouth, and Soul

My earliest memory of dessert involved my birthday party, during which my parents took copious amounts of flash photography to commemorate their first child’s first birthday. The LA sunshine streamed through the windows while I was restricted by the tray table of my high chair, delighted with having my very own cake — a mini royal blue Cookie Monster ice cream cake. I could not contain my excitement and joyfully swung my legs back and forth, kicking my tray and the carefully decorated cake straight into my face…