By Audrey Willett:
The Asian Justice Act is all about storytelling and intersectional activism from the point of view of marginalized Asian and minority communities in the modern world. On their website, they speak to misconceptions about the AAPI community and hope to combat negative stereotypes. Please enjoy our interview below!
AW: Tell us all about you and your organization!
BZ: My name is Brianna Zhao. I, along with my team, am based in New Jersey. I have always been passionate about social advocacy and reform, especially focusing on raising awareness for marginalized communities in our society. Because of my Asian heritage, I started noticing the growing anti-Asian hate crimes all throughout our country and how little mainstream news covered this issue. So, I created Asian Justice Act, a global literary magazine, to act as a reliable source to shed light on problems affecting BIPOC and AAPI groups everywhere. My team of writers and editors constantly contribute with forms of art, literature, and personal stories to fuel our mission of combating harmful stereotypes and celebrating diverse cultures.
AW: Why do you think it’s important for your generation to let their voices be heard?
BZ: I think it’s extremely important for our generation to speak up and use our voices, because we embody the future. Gen Z has the power to initiate real change through being bold, assertive, and educated.
AW: Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future?
BZ: I am optimistic, because I believe our thoughts align with our actions. Staying positive all throughout hardships or even through times where politics seemed to be disappointing in many ways has helped me develop a strong mindset and keep sight of my own goals. If we want real change, we have to believe there’s a chance for it to happen.
AW: What are the most important issues facing our world right now? And in the future?
BZ: There are a multitude of issues facing our world, but