The RepresentASIAN Project™ is a Canadian platform dedicated to celebrating, advocating and elevating Asian representation and voices in media and beyond.
We’re a team of Asians based in Canada who are passionate about celebrating and amplifying the Asian community. We grew up not seeing people who looked like us on television, in movies, in books and in magazines, and we recognize how the lack of representation can impact the mental health of BIPOC individuals. Despite the current rise of Asian representation in media, there is still plenty of room for improvement when it comes to representing Asians in many different areas of life.
Our mission is to share and tell stories of successful Asians in their respective industries to inspire and motivate members of the Asian community to achieve their dreams. We want to celebrate the joys of being Asian and put a spotlight on all of the incredible things our community members do.
Madelyn Chung is a former lifestyle journalist turned freelance writer and part-time therapist with a special interest in issues related to race and identity, particularly women of Asian descent. She has previously worked as Style Editor for HuffPost Canada, Editor of the now-defunct StyleList Canada and Digital ‘Chase’ Editor for FASHION magazine, has bylines with Netflix, FLARE, and Strong Fitness, and has made numerous television and radio appearances on networks such as CBC, CP24, CityTV, Global News, Entertainment Tonight Canada and etalk. As a second generation Chinese Canadian, Madelyn aims to help others feel seen, heard and validated through her writing, advocacy and therapy work.
Rebekah is a Malaysian-born freelance photographer and graphic designer with a passion for visual storytelling. She is a big fan of bubble tea, long walks and longer naps.
Isabelle Khoo is a freelance writer and editor. She's previously worked for big brands like HuffPost Canada and has written about every topic imaginable. From Asian representation to parenting trends to mental health, she's covered it all. When she's not busy chasing a story, you can find her boxing or planning her next travel adventure.
Zeahaa (pronounced Zaha) Rehman is a freelance writer who loves to write about her lived experiences as a member of the Muslim South Asian diaspora in North America. She has previously written for The Varsity, The Varsity Magazine, The Medium, Slate, and Seoulbeats, and published a novel titled "Secrets Under My Hijab." When she is not staring at a blank Word document, Zeahaa likes to read romance novels, bullet-journal and drink bubble tea.
Isabelle Docto is a multimedia journalist based in Toronto. She currently works as a visuals producer for CTV, but has also contributed to CBC, Torontoist, MaRS Discovery District, and the UHN. She strives to tell stories that explore underrepresented narratives in arts, entertainment, and politics. Her fave pastimes are going to concerts, taking photos of sunsets, and of course, drinking bubble tea. You can learn more about her and her work at isabelledocto.com
Teresa is the Head of Brand at Life Lapse, the easiest stop motion app for small businesses, creators and influencers to create eye catching content for social media. Her passion is building digitally native brands through thoughtful experiences online and offline. In her spare time, you can find her catching up on the latest Netflix series with her husband.