The Cosmos creates content, experiences, and community for Asian women to flourish and thrive.
We champion a new vocabulary that empowers us to celebrate our complex identities and supports our right to flourish and thrive on our own terms. We name our fears, uncertainties, and doubts. We create and amplify authentic narratives for and by Asian women.
Founded by Cassandra Lam and Karen Mok in 2018, The Cosmos began with a blogpost asking "What does it look like for Asian women to flourish and thrive?" Our community is inclusive of self-identifying women, femmes, gender nonconforming, queer, and transgender individuals of Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and mixed descent.
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.