What is your dream, and why?
That is the question we want to revolve a lot of our content on. The reason why we ask people that is because their story of who they are and how they got there starts to reveal itself.
We want ANDWHY. to be a place where dreamers are inspired to do. We do that by sharing stories of those who are particularly following theirs, whether they are successful or not. Whether it’s supported or not. Whether they are certain or not.
The goal is to start challenging old conventional ways of thought and to critically think about current society. What is it can we do better? What is it that we’re not educated about? And WHY is that? How can we be better? Who should we look to be an example?
ANDWHY. isn’t trying to school you but is here to give you deep insights that you can then decide how it should/will influence you.
We dream to be meaningful storytellers that will impact people and to be that, we need to stop dreaming…and start doing.
Why is it called media?
ANDWHY. Media is going to contain the Magazine on Issuu.com, Podcast, and Youtube channel (along with Instagram). This multi-channel methodology compelled us to call it media instead of just ANDWHY. Mag, which it originally was.
Annie Law is a lil’ bit of everything and wants to tap into every part of society on a global scale.
ANDWHY. was originally her self-titled blog called ANNIEXJL, which was her outlet to express her thirst for knowledge and her understanding of why things are the way they are– from sustainability to why there isn’t world peace. After starting her magazine called ANDWHY., she realized that her stories or anyone else’s stories were never fully theirs. It’s actually a collection of stories that we collect from experiences that integrate each other. Her love of sharing stories with people on a intimate level pushed her to completely change the direction of her blog. Hence, ANDWHY. is born.
In another angle, Annie is a native New Yorker who is currently a student at Fashion Institute of Technology, studying Marketing + Communications. She aspires to be someone people can rely on for help in areas regarding life and career. With her love for psychology, philosophy, design, photography, and much more, she wants to be a representative of passionate and creative Asian Americans. The biggest goal of hers is to tell stories that are untold and unwritten. Whether that be through stories of her own, of others, or through simple creativity.
Grace Tran is a young creative currently experimenting with different hobbies, from photography to graphic design. As a daughter of a refugee, she is constantly inspired by her hard-working father, who never stops encouraging her.
She attends the Fashion Institute of Technology, pursuing a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications. She has always been an active member of the feminist community, using her love for fashion as a form of empowerment. After meeting Annie through mutual friends and connecting with ANDWHY’s mission, she became a writer of the ANDWHY community, using her platform to shed light on feminism and mental health, among other topics. She has yet to discover what she truly wishes to accomplish but for now, the 18-year-old keeps an open mind on what’s to come.