Kicking down the doors and making space for Asian-American creativity 🚪 Krystie Mak and Katerina Jeng of Slant’d

By People & Company, Bailey Richardson, Kevin Huynh, Kai Elmer Sotto, Maggie Zhang, Mia Quagliarello

Today we're talking to Krystie Mak and Katerina Jeng, the founders of Slant'd, a collective that celebrates Asian American identity, one story at a timeBack in 2017, a piece of advice from Eddie Huang inspired Krystie and Katerina: “If spaces don’t exist for you, kick the door down and create them.”Krystie and Kat didn’t see themselves in mainstream media. They wanted a place to share personal stories—not about celebrities, but told by real Asian-American peers. So they decided to kick down the door and create their own space.When they did, they unlocked a groundswell of energy. They set out to create a humble zine, which quickly turned into a magazine, backed by a passionate set of crowdfunders.When they hosted a magazine launch party, it blew up too. They turned that launch party into a thriving events series.In today's episode, we’ll get into the nitty gritty of how they got Slant’d off the ground, and how they’re exploring building Slant’d as a business now.If you want to get involved with Slant’d, go to their website slantd.media or follow them on Instagram @slantdmediaGrab your copy of GET TOGETHER—our handbook on community-building 🔥: bit.ly/gettogetherbook

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