‘Resonate’ is a news, entertainment and blogging website that provides writers with a platform to discuss topics that strongly resonate amongst East Asian communities in the West. Our writers do not need to be of East Asian heritage but simply need to harbour an interest in writing about topics that concern East Asian communities around the world.
The representation of East Asians is unreasonably disproportionate within politics, the film industry, music industry and the media in general. For example, when East Asians are represented in the film, they are often represented through takeaway owners or martial artists. ‘Resonate’ aims to promote East Asian talent through the medium of written journalism and eventually film/television, photography and music in order to achieve a wider and more diverse media presence for East Asians.
‘Resonate’ actively encourages positive representation in the media by making your voice heard by delivering interesting articles from your own perspectives to actively engage wider audiences.
Our platform features a combination of regular columnists and special guest columnists from writers across the world writing about common Asian interests. ‘Resonate’ plays host to a hub of ideas to showcase the creative talents of the global East Asian community.
We are currently expanding our platform, so if there is any aspect/category/country that you feel is important to East Asian culture that we have not covered, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your suggestions. We always welcome any comments (positive or negative, but mainly positive) regarding our site so please do get in touch!
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Staff & Contributers
Cohan has written for online publications including the Huffington Post, Gigwise, Time Out Singapore, The Metropolist, Zoo, We Plug Good Music and Redstar Qingdao. Through Resonate, he hopes to elevate the much-needed presence of East Asians in the media. His lifetime goals include befriending Noel Gallagher and being rewarded a Nando's Black Card.
Having worked for over nine years for several China’s major television news channels including CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, Phoenix TV and Propeller TV, Jun has covered almost every major story in Britain and around the world including the Royal Wedding, London Olympics, and the Eurozone Crisis. He has worked with and interviewed many leading figures in politics, arts and the entertainment industry. Jun is an accomplished tv producer and likes to cover stories concerning foreign born East Asians. His main goal for Resonate is to give young East Asian creatives an opportunity to showcase their talents to a global audience.
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Abbi is a Chinese Studies student with the University of Nottingham. When she's not too busy crying over her essay deadlines, she's obsessing over her favourite singers and actors. She is highly interested in East Asian pop culture and its growing fanbase, with hopes to use Resonate as a platform to help East Asian film, television and music reach even wider international audiences.
Alice's curiosity of East Asian culture was fed by her History Degree at Kings College London, where she made modern Chinese History one of her specialisms. Inspired she bought a plane ticket to China to see for herself. Her backpacking trip took her through China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Indochina, Indonesia, Australia and North America. Now writing for Resonate she hopes to cut through stereotypes and use her personal experiences and historical expertise to give a more authentic voice to East Asian issues and culture.
Amelia is a young advertising professional who is ready to flex her storytelling muscle. Born and raised in the Midwestern United States and living in Los Angeles, she is intrigued in exploring the relationship between her Indonesian-American identity and the global culture today. She has previously written for college publications and for her personal blog. Amelia hopes to share her perspective with the Resonate community and continue to find herself through writing, travel, and food.
Anson is a Central Saint Martin's fashion and textiles graduate. She is also an avid film buff whose exhaustive film knowledge is unparalleled - if you've seen it, chances are she's seen it too. Anson is originally from Hong Kong but has lived in the UK for four years and is hoping to stay for the foreseeable future.
Ash is an aspiring patent attorney with a particular interest in the East. Drawing from his time spent in Qingdao and Shanghai, Ash has developed an interest in Chinese culture. Based in the UK, he continues to immerse himself in Chinese culture by surrounding himself with British East Asian friends. He is also an unapologetically proud vegetarian and loyal fan of bubble tea.
ZI is an ambitious college student with too much to create and not enough time to do it. She is midway through her journey at the University of Michigan and highly passionate about Asian American and global Asian issues. ZI believes in seeking beauty unfound and making her life as magical as possible. She hopes to share these ambitions with you while at Resonate.
Casey was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area by Chinese refugee parents. She is an advocate for communities of color in the U.S., leveraging the power of stories to change law and policy. She studied Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies, and dabbled in journalism at UC Berkeley. She has been writing since she can remember, journaling her every insight or creating stories with talking animals.
Chor has been working behind the scenes in the Hollywood film industry for over 8 years. His list of credits include Mission Impossible: Rogue nation (2015), Thor: Dark World (2013), Exodus God and Kings (2014) and Maleficient (2014). He will write in the film section giving out his views on his life and in the film industry.
Xueting Christine Ni's life has been an act of cultural translation. Dividing her life between London and GuangZhou, she has been promoting Chinese Culture and understanding for the past twelve years. A graduate in English Literature from QMUL (London), and Chinese Literature at CUN (Beijing), she has been delivering talks and creating articles and resources for those interested in China, as well as translating a range of works, from manhua and sci-fi to poetry and documentaries. She is currently engaged in a book on Chinese deities, and acting as Culture consultant on three independent video games. She has also written for Paper Republic, Glli, London Graphic Network and SFinTranslation. She currently lives on the outskirts of London with an English partner, and a Bengal Cat.
Claire is a Masters student at the University of Nottingham, studying Global Issues and Contemporary Chinese Studies. She fell in love with China after spending her 2nd year in Ningbo, and is working towards being fluent in Mandarin. Over the last summer she spent two months doing a marketing internship for an NGO called Blue Sheep in Chengdu. Currently Claire is a business and marketing intern for a Chinese business consultancy firm called UK Elite Business Club.
David has previously lived and worked in China twice, including at the UK-China Business Council. He is an advocate for China and Asia's growing internationalisation and civil society projects. Currently he lives in Berlin, Germany, and is involved with the tech, music and art scenes. At Resonate, he will be writing about tech, music, arts, sports, travel, and current affairs
David was born and raised in the land of tractors and cider (Somerset). He has a strong science background being an Imperial College graduate and has spent time trying to cure kidney disease by pipetting stuff into other stuff before deciding on a career change. He wishes to use Resonate as a platform to write about some of his passions and interests which range from Hong Kong cinema to the exploration of cultural identity.
Dee is a typical millennial Chengdu girl who loves spicy cuisine and laidback lifestyle. Born into a family of actors and musicians deeply influenced by the Franco-Russian culture, she has been curious of the hyphenated identity in our globalised world since tender age. With her love of British Dandyism, she decided to study in England after her bachelor’s degree. She is now doing her PhD on the Aesthetic Movement in the fashion and beauty industry. She has been writing since she can remember and now is working on the next Game of Thrones.
Erin is a freelance writer who regularly contributes to Asian American pop culture blog YOMYOMF, which is owned by Star Trek and Beyond Director Justin Lin. Erin has experience in writing about social issues and politics, with her work featured in SBS Australia, Nee Hao Magazine, Asia Times Online and Huffington Post. Erin is the founder for the Asian Australian Alliance, which is a grassroots advocacy based network with its primary aim of advocating for the common interests of the Asian Australian community.
Frances Fu believes that people who use drugs are nice people, too. By day, she works to organize, educate, and empower Chinese immigrants in San Francisco Chinatown. At Resonate, she explores the intersection between the War on Drugs and Asian American culture, history, and politics.
Gabby is an Actor/ Writer and a Konglish third culture kid. Hong Kong born and British educated, she studied Politics with Economics at University of Bath where she became heavily involved with the student theatre. She then went onto train as an actor at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre. Her theatre credits include Royal Shakespeare Company, Duke of York's in the West End, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Shakespeare's Globe & others. On screen, she is most known as rebel pilot Gold Nine in Rogue One. She is also an alumni of Royal Court Theatre's Unheard Voices writers program.
Philippine-born Janine spent the majority of her childhood moving between Canada and the UK, resulting in a permanent state of confusion regarding true cultural identity. She currently calls Vancouver her home, where she studies business by day, and lives as a fangirl by night. If you listen hard enough, you’ll hear her in the distance, crying over her favourite celebrities.
Jennifer McGeever is a writer and unabashed dreamer. She has interned with Jimmy Choo in his legendary workshop and worked alongside the inimitable Caroline Issa at Tank Magazine. After working on the fashion desk for Singapore’s biggest women’s magazine she now resides in her hometown London and hustles in a freelance capacity as a fashion journalist. She runs StyleishSubstance.com, a space for women who inspire in their being, not just their doing and explores the power of style in partnership with substance. She is a proud part of the Colour Sisterhood which helps practically support and encourage women all around the world and also proudly Malaysian-Chinese! She loves to dance (whether in the club or a class), laugh freely & often and spend time in conversation with those she loves. Catch up with her @j_wenghan or @styleishsubstance on Instagram.
Jessie is a Googler and NYC denizen hailing from Los Angeles, California. With parents from Taiwan, she's developed a keen interest in the general effects of growing up in America as a first-generation being. Jessie has written for publications such as Geek Legacy, The Earthbound Review, and her own personal blogs. Her favorite word is "frisson" and she is fascinated by nootropics and neuroscience.
Joie Nikita Ha is an Asian American millennial living in the USA. As the daughter of a refugee, she carries on her shoulders the hopes and dreams of her family that crossed the ocean for a brighter future. Her loves include social justice, hip-hop advocacy, and cultural anthropology. Her greatest accomplishment is completely filling out her passport with colorful visas from over 10 countries. She thinks animated cats in space are adorable and can eat pho nearly everyday.
Jubilee is Journalism major at Biola University who strives to be as cool as her X-Men counterpart. A Vietnamese-American born in California, raised in Mongolia, and (partially) educated in Taiwan, her life has been a confusing journey that has also blessed her with a unique perspective on the world around her. In writing for Resonate, Jubilee hopes to provide thoughtful commentary on pop culture, Asian American representation, Christian faith, mental health, and beyond. Jubilee is also a writer for Odyssey, a social platform that showcases the diversity of millennials. Her hobbies include playing the guitar, baking, loving her dog, and stressing over fictional characters.
Julie is a NYC based community organizer and writer. She is passionate about immigrant inclusion, Asian American feminism, and politics. She is working on her MA in Women's and Gender Studies and is on the board of National Asian Pacific Women's Forum (NAPAWF) NYC Chapter.
British-born Hong Konger residing in Oslo, Norway. Works at Oslo Edtech Cluster and in the spare time, freelances as a documentary photographer and journalist. She has a Master in Environmental Geoscience. Determined not to allow her limited Norwegian to prevent her from heading into media and communication, she plunged herself into projects and gained priceless experiences. Made numerous publications in newsletters, magazines and Norwegian newspapers. Interested in edtech, women in migration, cantonese language, alternatives to capitalism and asylum policy.
Kate is passionate about good design, culture clash, pop-culture trends and just wearing lots of black. She writes in-between design projects as she finishes up her final year at Goldsmiths. Having lived in Hong Kong, Sydney and London, life as a non Cantonese speaker in a traditional Hong Kong family gives rise to a multitude of quirks and complex politically correct topics. Nonetheless, this matcha obsessed, PS junkie is the epitome of a multicultural art millennial.
Katelyn is currently a U.S. Fulbright Junior Researcher based in Seoul. Her research focuses on Korean transnational adoptees' experiences with birth family search and reunion. She earned her M.A. in English literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Katelyn is enthusiastic about anything involving traveling, ice cream, and/or K-pop.
Kew Lin is a visual effects artist by passion writer by necessity and director by self-defence. He has made a number of films in the Singapore and London that have been officially selected at film festivals worldwide. Kew combats writer’s block with an overnighter’s clock. He also plans to travel the cosmos, starting with this planet.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Lilian moved to UK seven years ago to pursue her acting career. A self-confessed food addict, she’s the annoying person that demands photos to be taken before every meal. She would like to share her passion for food on Resonate and discover hidden restaurant gems for our readers!
Louisa is a British-born Chinese Malaysian with a case of the diasporic blues. As a result, she likes to explore how the displacement of East and South East Asian identities is presented in film and literature. Having grown up on a steady diet of action movies, fantasy, and comics, she also enjoys picking Hollywood apart when they get Asian representation wrong, and being pleasantly surprised when they get it right. She has previously written for MELANINCollective and Thought Catalog.
Actor, writer, filmmaker, who was made in Hong Kong and exported to the UK as a transracial adoptee in the late 50s early 60s. Her first ever acting role was the female lead, Elaine Choi in the Brit feature film Ping Pong (1987). Lucy has received writing commissions from The Royal Court Theatre, Paines Plough/Tamasha TC and Nimble Fish Arts.
Originally from Singapore, Merlene came to UK as a law student, worked as a Solicitor in the City before retraining as a mediator. She is currently Chair of a housing association, and divides her time between politics and philanthropic work. She received an MBE in June 2016 for ‘political and public service’.
Nuala Gathercole Lam is mixed race British-Chinese. She was born and grew up in the UK and has studied and worked in China as an adult. She is currently studying for an MSc in Media, Communication and Development at the LSE. At resonate, Nuala writes about issues of race, class and gender in China and the UK. She is particularly interested in the ‘othering’ of China and Chinese people in the UK media.
Olivia Thompson is studying Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham, England, and is currently embarking on a year abroad in Ningbo, at the University of Nottingham’s own China Campus. Although her knowledge of Chinese is still a little rusty, she hopes that focusing on mandarin and having first-hand experience of Chinese culture and tradition, will help her in understanding the country from an inside perspective, after all, living and breathing China, must be the best way to study it! From a small town in the Charente region of France, she hopes to share the difficulties, the joys and the excitement of her year long trip with all who are interested in travel or study in China.
Rachel has worked with Ming-Ai (London) Institute, Black Cultural Archives and the Soho CCC. She is primarily interested in stories of migration, conflict, loss and love; questions and applications of community development today; global & local histories and education. She sharpened her teeth as an actor-writer-organiser with Yellow Earth, NYT, the Fringe and at St Andrews, where she studied English literature. Born in Kent, and raised in a thoroughly British Chinese chippy and two takeaways, her natural habitat is among words, her second habitat the sites where family meals were spun.
Ria is an Oxford based part-time blogger and full-time nerd. Born in the Philippines and raised in the UK, she is passionate about diversity, Asian representation in pop culture and feminism. Offline, she currently works in Educational Publishing, owns an unrealistically large pile of books to read and possesses a useless amount of encyclopedic knowledge about Musicals.
Renaissance woman, design researcher, and communications consultant, Sara has deep roots in journalism. She has published hundreds of original stories in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Half Moon Bay Review, and more. Sara is the founder of the Silk Knots Project, a platform dedicated to preserving and sharing the lived experiences of Asian Americans in the Mountain West of the United States. Her favorite stories to report are typically about art, culture, food, and especially people.
Working in Cloud-Based business solutions by day, this Brit is a self-confessed traveller and scribbler by night, with a penchant for spontaneous trips, cooking and binging on the Mentalist. She has a Masters in Linguistics and an interest in Global Affairs, Politics and Culture and currently lives in Amsterdam. Having spent a period of time in China, she is interested in the ever changing dynamics of its relationship with the wider world. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief at www.talktothepen.com
Originally from Singapore, Sarah recently graduated with a degree in Linguistics, and she has no idea what to do with it. She works in media creation and production, and is particularly interested in using multimedia and online journalism as a means of sharing the often untold stories of society’s disenfranchised and disadvantaged. She has written for the Straits Times, The Agenda, and The Culture Trip. She also really, really, really likes Electronic Soul music.
Sarina Wang is a Communication Major at the University of California, Los Angeles and hopes to one day pursue a career as a journalist or television personnel. In addition to studying, Sarina Wang currently works as a part-time writer on her personal, lifestyle blog. Some of her work has also been published by The Tab and The Huffington Post. By writing for Resonate, she hopes to share her perspective on Asian-American issues in the United States to inspire and relate to her readers.
Sue was born in China and grew up in the UK. Despite her youthful age of 19, she has demonstrated maturity beyond her years through writing about engaging topics involving morality, law, feminism and growing up in the UK. She hopes for a career in Law and hopes to gain as much experience as possible by writing on issues concerning her interests.
Susan worked as an academic librarian for many years, after studying for a degree in English and an MA in Literature, History and Culture (University of Southampton, 2001). More recently, Susan has become a full-time writer, having published numerous articles, mainly about social history and football. She has written three books, Ipswich Town: A History (2013), Secret Ipswich (2015) and Ipswich Pubs (2016), all published by Amberley Press. She is currently researching for her latest biography about Frank Soo, the unknown Chinese footballer that played for England.
Not caring about fulfilling his Asian stereotype, Tony is an unashamed gamer who loves everything video-game related. First person shooters, RPGs, racing, sports - he doesn't care what genre it is, he'll play it. As a result, he loves discussing the latest games across all platforms.
Tracy is an Australian Chinese writer who is currently residing in the UK. A journalist by trade she has over five years experience covering stories about Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific for an international news wire service. Her observations on the western and Chinese culture clash have inspired her writing immensely. She hopes to explore her ethnic identity and share her experience in doing so.
Born in the Philippines, Will moved to the United States because of his military father and lived all over the country. He decided to pick Texas A&M University where he earned his BA in History and MS in Sociology, though Jacksonville, Florida is home for now. His writing and research interests include international labor migration, exploitation of labor, Asian migrants, and Asian culture within the United States. Will spends his time doing Crossfit, walking his dogs, hiking and enjoying the beach.
Yinsey is a financial regulatory lawyer, accidental model and occasional fashion and travel blogger. Having studied East Asian studies and Economics at University of Toronto, and then Law at Cambridge University, her interests span from the study of modes of economic development to post-Colonial mentalities (with a particular interest in the transition from the Qing to Republican eras) and also include the intersection of human rights and business. She enjoys singing, writing, drawing, working on creative projects and eating (perhaps the latter, a bit too much). Her random loves include karaoke, the plays of Aristophanes, Northern Chinese slang, Disney and fairytales.