EDITOR’S LETTER: a farewell to GA
Oh, how quickly time flies. In the fall of 2012, I joined GenerAsians as a content editor during my first semester at Wellesley. Now, four years later, I am writing the opening letter of what will be my last issue of GA as Editor-in-Chief. There is no way I can summarize years’ worth of experiences in one short article. How can a few anecdotes adequately and accurately represent semesters’ worth of memories? I have made many wonderful friends through GA, and I remember fondly the laughs and conversations we shared during our brainstorming sessions, e-board meetings, H-mart excursions, kimchi-fried rice demos, and release parties.
I am extremely proud of the work we have done. Yes, we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs but we manage to make it work every se-
mester. Of course, there is no way any of this would be possible without the contributions of many individuals. First, my amazing e-board: Hope, Harshita, Judy, Fiona, Sharon, Clarissa, Lia, Kealani, JY, and Soobin, thank you for your incredible work ethic and dedication this year. It’s truly been a pleasure to work with all of you in the whirlwind that is producing a magazine. Thank you to the members of our staff who never cease to impress me with your compelling articles, stunning layouts, and passion. Thank you to Karen Shih, Advisor to Students of Asian Descent, for your unconditional support. Lastly, a heartfelt thanks to all of the readers who have been dedicatedly reading our magazine and sharing your feedback with us.
As a student publication, we are constantly learning to adapt our writing and production process to changing technologies and trends. At the same time, our mission as a magazine has been and always will be to represent the diverse perspectives on the Asian/Asian American experience. We provide a platform for students to write about the issues that are close to their heart about but don’t always get the chance to explore in their academic writing. Some of these articles may cover topics that make international news headlines. Some may be based on personal experiences, others simply personal interest and hobbies. I have always seen GA as a place for our community to welcome fresh perspectives, embrace complexity, and celebrate cultural diversity.
It has been a privilege to serve as the Editor-in-Chief for the past five semesters. My involvement in GA has anchored my experience at Wellesley, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to lead the magazine for such a long period of time. So long writing workshops, deadline extensions, and late nights spent copy-editing and making last-minute adjustments before sending to print. It is with bittersweet feelings that I bid you farewell. One of the toughest things to do in life is to learn to let go, but I am incredibly excited to see the bold, new directions the magazine will take under new leadership. Hope, I’m passing the torch to you. Best of luck next year!
Thank you and goodbye,
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