Jess Boyd

Jess Boyd
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Jess is a Vietnamese-Jewish Londoner who moved to Seattle to invest in, and work with, the Vietnamese American community. Before that, she worked at the National Football League as Head of Gender and Community Development creating workshops and trainings on domestic violence advocacy and male allyship. She founded “this is for mẹ”, a digital magazine for the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora to discuss mothers, motherhood, motherlands, mother-tongues and family, and also provides culturally competent birth support to Southeast Asian birthing parents in her spare time. When she's not doing the above, you'll find her cultivating her Muay Thai skills so that she can teach the next generation of API womxn about self defense and how to embody their physical strength.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: Poem II

In this except from digital magazine, this is for mẹ, we are gifted an intimate, unflinching and intensely loving look at what exists behind and beyond "a legacy of silence". this is for mẹ is...

THIS IS FOR MẸ: She Was The One

She was the one who had it all – two nail salons, a home in the wine country, trips back to Vietnam, elaborate house parties with all her friends, but then she couldn’t stop obsessing about her body.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: I Speak in Silence

In this first cross-posting of this is for mẹ, founder and diaCRITICS contributing editor, Jess Boyd, plays with the words that play with her, discussing the power and pull of what is suppressed and expressed.