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. We also want to foster a sense of community within the Asian Canadian diaspora while celebrating our individuality.
Interested in joining our team? Check out our current openings here.
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.
Nathan Sing is a journalist, feature writer, and filmmaker with a fierce devotion for storytelling. As a fifth-generation Chinese Canadian settler, his work honours the collective experiences of the Asian diaspora while celebrating the creative individual each individual possesses in themselves. He previously worked as a reporter at Maclean’s Magazine writing about food security and hunger in Canada, worked alongside the digital features team at CNN International, and reported for VICE World News, BuzzFeed, and Xtra Magazine. Through various mediums, his work seeks to explore and analyze the complex systems that shape our identities, focusing on food, music, and social media.
Kathryn Mannie is an online journalist for Global News covering all things lifestyle and culture. Originally from Vancouver, she moved to Toronto five years ago where she got her start in journalism at U of T's student newspaper, The Varsity. She then went on to work at The Globe & Mail and The Green Line, a Toronto-based news media start-up. As a third-generation Chinese Canadian of mixed race descent, Kathryn is passionate about investigating, cherishing, and preserving the cultures of the Chinese diaspora. Outside of work you can find her exploring Chinatown, cooking with her loved ones, or playing chess.
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.
Kaitlyn Forde is a communications professional specializing in government relations. Her experience includes travel writing for tourism clients, including Marriott International, Fairmont Hotels and Where Magazine. When she's not at her desk, you can find her at a concert, restaurant or reading a book in the park.