welcome to the abc issue
‘Asian Between CultureS’
1. An individual of Asian descent, caught at the cultural crossroads where east meets west. Someone who may not identify fully with either eastern or western cultural norms and ideals, but is somewhere in between.
MISSION AND VISION
We want to empower individuals of Asian descent who have grown up or lived a part of their life in a western society to engage with and be proud of their cultural heritage and identity. By building a community that celebrates the lives, work, and achievements of ABCs in a space where we are not often represented, we hope to both foster a sense of belonging between ABCs and provide people of non-Asian descent a glimpse into what it is like to be an ABC.
There is often tension between eastern and western influences in the lives of Asians who have grown up or spent a significant amount of time in western societies, and we often feel like parts of us are at odds with each other - whether that is choosing elements of one culture over the other, or trying to find a happy medium between both.
Generally known to mean ‘Australian or American-born Chinese’, we wanted ‘ABC’ to be a term that individuals of all Asian identities could resonate with, because not everyone who is Asian in a western society is of Chinese descent. Whether this means being born in a western society or having moved to one for school, university, or work, we feel this ‘issue’ of holding the values of two cultures within oneself - the ‘ABC’ issue - is relatable for those of all Asian descents, and thus, the term ABC - an Asian Between Cultures - was coined.
We started THE ABC ISSUE because we feel that ABCs don’t often get an opportunity to share these types of experiences with people around them. We wanted to create a space where that can happen - where cultural differences can be celebrated and understanding can be sought.
Initially launching with a collection of stories written by Asians Between Cultures from six different cities across Australia and launching globally in 2019, THE ABC ISSUE provides a platform for ABCs to share aspects of their lives and culture with a wider audience, raise awareness of their experiences, and provide a unique perspective on life as an Asian Between Cultures.
ordinary humans behind the abc issue
Creative Director, encourager of others and serial bruncher.
Based in New York, USA.
A genuine conversationalist and aspiring gnocchi connoisseur Monique can usually be found educating herself and those around her on the whereabouts of the latest bakeries, noodle-house or matcha cafe. When she's not thinking about one of her crazy ideas or unintentionally creating tasks to delegate to her future self, she turns her focus to singing.
Content Director, lover of words and tea enthusiast.
Based in Perth, Australia.
Emmelyn is an advocate of handwritten notes with a love of continuous learning. You can often find her sampling various varieties of tea, searching for new music to listen to, making and eating dumplings, or cuddling her dog.
(Or all of the above.)
we are motivated by passion not profit.
We believe collaborating with people from different backgrounds, cultures and working styles helps us thrive and grow.
We serve the people around us and amplify the voices people already have. We place people at the centre of what we do.
We challenge the status quo and have the courage to speak up for what we believe in.
We never lose our wonder. We are passionate about sharing the stories of those around us, seeing people for the beauty that they truly are.
We take initiative and are intentional in everything that we do. We don’t ever settle.
Think this sounds like you? Why not join our team and become a city ambassador! Send through your interest by filling out this form.