Samantha Pak

Samantha Pak (she/her) is an award-winning Cambodian American journalist from the Seattle area and assistant editor for JoySauce. She spends more time than she’ll admit shopping for books than actually reading them, and has made it her mission to show others how amazing Southeast Asian people are. Follow her on Twitter at @iam_sammi and on Instagram at @sammi.pak.

Activist and photojournalist Corky Lee holds a camera, ready to take a photo, against an orange backdrop with black and white photos framed in white.

442: Corky Lee was the undisputed, unofficial photographer laureate for Asian America

The late activist and photojournalist used his work to chronicle the AA+PI community and record our history over the course of 50 years

An Asian man stands with a microphone in his hand with balloons in the background.

‘Without other people understanding, not a lot is going to change’

Serica Initiative executive director Daniel Tam-Claiborne weighs in on how he uses storytelling to affect change

B-girl Sunny Choi, in a green shirt and black pants, holds a breaking pose on one hand against a brick and cement background.

Road to Paris: B-girl Sunny Choi is breaking through

The Korean American on how breaking helped her overcome and work through many issues, including accepting her Asian identity

Author Kyla Zhao stands at a table with a stack of the book "Valley Verified" in front of her and a bookshelf filled with books in the background.

Kyla Zhao’s ‘Valley Verified’ tackles Silicon Valley and big life changes

The author’s latest protagonists trades high fashion for high tech, just as Zhao did

Para powerlifter Bobby Body, holds an American flag behind him, with a gold medal around his neck, at the Parapan American Games in 2023.

Road to Paris: Bobby Body and the Power of Positive Thinking

The veteran-turned-para powerlifter never imagined being a world-class athlete when he had two legs—now he’s got Paralympic gold in his sights

U.S. gymnast Leanne Wong on the floor exercise in a blue leotard, strikes a pose on one knee, with her other leg in the air.

Road to Paris: Leanne Wong, clutch gymnast extraordinaire

At 20, the Kansas native is looking to punch her ticket to the Paris Olympics later this year, all while balancing life as a college student-athlete, and new businesswoman

An Asian woman in a black top and sunglasses kisses an older Asian woman in a blue top, red head wrap and sunglasses on the cheek, with a blue sky in the background.

Kayla Min Andrews on how her life is imitating art

The writer on getting her late mother’s novel “The Fetishist” published and collaborating with her mother after her death

A collage featuring two young Asian boys doing school work, black and white photos of school children, a gavel, and text of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

442: The lawsuit that helped students access an equal education

Fifty years later, Lau v. Nichols’ legacy ensures non-English-speaking students receive the support they need to succeed

A collage of architect Helen Liu Fong, and futuristic-looking buildings in the Googie style.

442: Helen Liu Fong was an architect whose style was ahead of its time

The Los Angeleno was an important figure in the Googie architectural movement, which was known for its futuristic-inspired style