The Cosmos began with a simple yet powerful question:
What does it look like for Asian women to flourish and thrive?
The Cosmos was born out of need to create space to express, illuminate, and unpack the things left unsaid in our lives, families, and bodies. We imagined a community where naming our fears, uncertainties, and doubts was not only supported, but normalized. In doing so, we realized we needed a new vocabulary - one that empowers us to celebrate our complex identities and supports our right to flourish and thrive on our own terms.
We craft new, authentic narratives for Asian women in collaboration. With the support of a community, we can inspire one another, practice wellbeing, and stand in solidarity with our brother and sister communities of color.
Our community is inclusive of self-identifying women, femmes, gender nonconforming, queer, and transgender individuals of Asian, Pacific Islander, Hapa, and South Asian descent.
To the stars,
Cassandra Lam & Karen Mok
Co-Founders of The Cosmos
Our Mission & Vision
The Cosmos empowers Asian women to flourish and thrive.
Our vision is to create a new paradigm that celebrates our complex identities, supports our right to flourish and thrive on our own terms, and encourages our well-being.
Why "The Cosmos"?
For thousands of years, people of the world have looked up at the stars and sky to wonder about our place in the universe.
From the earliest Hindu Vedic texts (1700–1100 BC) to the Ancient Greeks to The Big Bang theory, civilizations across time have attempted to make sense of the cosmos. What is the relationship between the earth and the heavens? Why are things the way they are? How do we fit into the bigger picture?
Cosmology - the study of the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe - was born out of curious desire to understand our existence and potential. And today, we are no different. The timeless search for answers and yearning to connect to something greater is a large part of our lives as Asian women of the diaspora. Choosing The Cosmos for our name symbolizes our commitment to making space for big questions, our wildest dreams, and community magic.
Our Community Principles
- We take an holistic approach to identity. We view the self as an ecosystem and recognize that we cannot operate to our fullest potential if any part is unwell, neglected, or ignored. When our individual selves are empowered to flourish and thrive, so can our community.
We embody a culture of questioning. We welcome constructively critical but non-combative dialogue.
We welcome all viewpoints. We strive to create spaces that support us as we interrogate norms and expand our understanding of ourselves and our world.
We are action-oriented and fearlessly experimental. We insist on applying what we learn.
We run on co-creation and collaboration rooted in interactive, immersive, and transformational experiences. We can't do it alone.
We are champions of our community. Our actions and choices uplift the work of each person in the community. We believe in the group text, emoji love, and real-life shoulders to lean on.
We are shameless in investing in ourselves and asking for what we need.
- We leverage technology to build community and expand our reach but above all. We celebrate the power of in-person gatherings to connect members of our community.
THE PILLARS IS HOW WE UNDERSTAND OUR RIGHT TO FLOURISH AND THRIVE. WE BELIEVE THAT GROWTH IN EACH PILLAR IS CRUCIAL TO OUR OVERALL WELL-BEING, THAT THE PILLARS REINFORCE ONE ANOTHER, AND THAT WE LIVE OUR BEST LIVES WHEN WE FEEL SUPPORTED IN EACH PILLAR.
Health & Wellness: Mental, physical, emotional, spiritual health
Family & Relationships: Intergenerational relationships, friendship
Sex & Intimacy: Self-love, romantic love, pleasure, sexual health
Finance: Personal finance, investing, budgeting
Career: Professional development, leadership, coaching, mentorship
Creativity: Inspiration, passion projects, hobbies
Culture: Food, music, art, media, literature
Politics: Civic engagement, activism, policy