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Eva Chen

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The term “history in the making” has never rung truer. Now that we’re already in the latter half of the year (how is it July already?!), let’s take a moment on this lovely Monday to reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far in 2013.

And by we, we do mean you, personally, but also the Asian American community at large. In the past week, we’ve seen America take some pretty major steps forward, what with the Supreme Court ruling DOMA and Prop 8 unconstitutional and Wendy Davis taking a literal stand in a 13-hour filibuster that ultimately stalled the passage of SB5 (a bill that would severely limit access to legalized abortions in Texas).

What that means for millions of Americans is an immeasurable amount of progress. An openness to change, if you will. And, consequently, a changing landscape for what is considered the new normal.

So it’s with that attitude of hope and forward movement that we point out another big shakeup in America’s changing attitudes. Beloved social media maven and fashion expert extraordinaire Eva Chen was recently named the editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine, the first Asian American to ever hold such a high title in the Anna Wintour-helmed Conde Nast empire.

What does this mean, exactly? Outside of the fashion and publishing industries, all of this might sound like gibberish, but trust us, it’s a big deal. Chen is, we repeat, the first Asian American to ever hold THE top position at a magazine housed in the same publishing company that puts out top-tier titles like Vogue and GQ.

Chen is an influencer.

And the best part about it is that she gets the Asian American experience because she’s, well, lived it (and is obviously still living it). The former Teen Vogue editor was on a pre-med track in college when a chance internship one summer changed her path forever — and for good.

“I think there are clues in everyone’s lives, whether or not they choose to tap into that,” Chen told our friends at Mochi Magazine back in 2010. “So if you love movies and all you want to do is go to movies, you could probably make a career out of it. The world is so much bigger than doctor, banker, lawyer, accountant — all these ‘stable jobs.’ So generally, whatever your hobby is, there’s probably a way to make it into a career. That’s a lesson that I learned way, way later that I wish I’d known when I was 15.”

But Chen obviously isn’t the only Asian American who’s pushing past stereotypes and expectations to pursue her dreams. Who else is making waves in “unconventional” (or heck, even “conventional”) ways? Tell us in the comments below!

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Cheers to an amazing second half of 2013! Onward and upward.