Fall 2015: Letter from the Editor

Dear readers,

I have always loved flipping through the glossy pages of magazines, captivated by their exciting stories and stunning images. People often question whether print media is still relevant in today’s digital age when we can share the same information online in easily digestible pieces at lightning speed through blog posts and tweets. I maintain that the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts; a print piece can engage our readers in ways the web cannot. Our magazine is a tangible product that makes our words accessible to our audience. Its physical presence demands readers to pick them up, feel the texture of the paper, see the brilliant colors shine on the pages, and tap into the stories that we offer. This magazine is truly a labor of love, put together painstakingly by our dedicated team over the past couple of months. And each time I feel the weight of the bounded pages in my hands, I am reminded of why GenerAsians is important. It is a plat- form that enriches the fabric of Wellesley’s diverse Asian/Asian American community; it is a space where organizations and individuals can come together to celebrate accomplishments and address problems.

We have a wonderful selection of articles this semester. As we celebrate the fact that more TV shows are bringing in Asian talents as headliners and writers (Dr. Ken, Quantico, We Bare Bears, and most recently Aziz Ansari’s Master of None on Netflix), we cannot forget the bamboo ceiling that continues to shun Asians in Hollywood and theatre with the problematic practice of yellow-face and casting white ac- tors as Asian characters. We also have an interview with the multi-talented visiting lecturer in the American Studies Department, Professor Terry Park—an academic, performance artist, and activist for the A/AA community. An article on commercial surrogacy and couples turning to the black market to have children will be an interesting read when paired with the debates regarding South Korea’s “baby box,” whether it provides a safe haven for unwanted children or encourages abandonment. Our travel stories will take you from the busy streets of Bombay, India to the “Paris of South America”: Buenos Aires, Argentina. And lastly, because it’s my senior year, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what comes next after Wellesley. I interviewed nine “GA alums” to get perspectives about what life after graduation is really like and to share some words of wisdom with their Wellesley siblings. I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you.

Stay warm,



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