[Ashly] When I first started at BuzzFeed, there were probably two or three Asian American producers, and now there’s 22 full-time Asian American producers and even more interns and fellows. So it really feels amazing to just walk amongst your peers and to not feel like you’re the only one. It’s really nice to go from a company, like Justin was saying, where people label you as the Asian guy or the Asian girl to just being Ashly or Justin or Jared, Michelle, Safiya, Ryan. It’s like we all are individual people here, and we’re not just our race, and that’s part of who we are but that’s not the entirety of who we are.

And, from the article accompanying the video, profiles of some of the queer Asian American producers at BuzzFeed:

Ashly Perez, 27, Development Partner

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What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
Three seasons of You Do You. We made intentional choices to normalize representation versus calling it out. I wanted to tell happy, silly stories about gay characters that weren’t so heavy.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
“Weird Things Girls Do When They’re Alone,” 22 million YouTube views.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
As a queer Cuban, Korean, Filipina woman, I don’t see myself represented in a multifaceted way. I hope to keep telling stories that represent the intersections of my life.

Kane Diep, 27, Video Producer

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What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
“Children of Asian Immigrants Reveal Sacrifices Their Parents Made,” which touched immigrant families who’ve had shared struggles. And my scripted series #Dustane, based on my own relationship.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
“When You Can’t Do Salads,” 38 million Facebook views and 300k shares.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Be Shonda Rhimes and launch scripted shows with diverse casts, compelling stories, and complex relationships.

Niki Ang, 23, Video Producer

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What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
“In the Closet.” We created a safe space for our queer audiences by featuring people from across the spectrum, having conversations not easily found online, and celebrating intersectionality.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
“Women Go Braless for a Week,” 12.5 million YouTube views.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Create content where Asian people and queer people learn about their cultures and heritage, and can connect with their roots.

Christopher Lam, 24, Video Producer

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What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
“Weird Things Straight/Gay BFFs Talk About” was my first video. It was simple to shoot and edit, but visibility as a queer person of color was powerful.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
“Native Americans Try On ‘Indian’ Halloween Costumes,” 14 million views and 100k shares.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Giving more trans people a platform. They’re still met with so much discrimination and violence. I would like to be an ally to them however I can.

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