At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
Three or four years ago. It was a process.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My daughters and feminist activists.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
My wife and I have always had an egalitarian marriage, but feminism especially informs how we raise our girls. We want them to know that they aren't limited by their gender and to feel empowered to do whatever they want, irrespective of whether it's traditionally been a "boy thing" or a "girl thing."
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
I blog and speak frequently about it.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
I dream of a world where gender-based violence is a thing of the past and girls and women are afforded the same rights and respect as boys and men. For example, here in the U.S., I hope for the passage of a new Equal Rights Amendment, equal pay, equality in political and media representation, and an end to rape culture.
How I Define Feminism:
A feminist: 1. Believes women and men deserve the same rights, opportunities, and respect, and 2. Takes action to help make that a reality.
My wife and I live in Southern California, and we’re the proud parents of two Asian American daughters, ages ten and seven. My experiences with my girls and my advocacy on their behalf provide the fodder for my commentary on parenting, gender, feminism, race, and culture.
In addition to authoring this blog, I’m a SEO content creator and social media marketer; previously, I worked for Man Up Campaign as an advocate for women’s and girls’ rights. Once upon a time, I also served as a college minister and, if you go back all the way to the mid-1990s, a public high school teacher.
Most of my previous posts, columns, and articles appeared at AsianceMagazine.com, which hosted my Raising Asian American Daughters blog, and FindingBalance.com, the website for an organization which supports folks struggling with body image and disordered eating issues. I’ve also written for Christians for Biblical Equality, 8Asians.com, ThickDumplingSkin.com, CatalyticWomen.com, and the National Park Service. I’ve been a featured speaker for Cal State Long Beach, Biola University, and UN Women-Los Angeles, as well as a guest on Southern California’s public radio station KPCC.