"There cannot be love without justice." - bell hooks
I write about love and social justice because the personal is political and the political is personal.
I write as someone who has felt invisible because Asian-American - an identity I want, don't want, and cannot shed - is an identity hyphenated.
I write as someone who has been heartbroken, who understands that strength of spirit is in radical vulnerability, who sees that all the contradictions of our humanity and our society come from denial of our imperfections and lack of self-awareness - a lack of emotional intelligence.
I write as someone who has been failed by patriarchy and someone who sees people beyond their productive value, as calculated by the market economy.
And I write for the purpose of reconciling and healing the wounds inflicted by colonialism and white supremacy. I write, because as Audre Lorde wrote, "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."
To not tell my stories and to not speak on issues from my perspective would be committing a personal violence.
My Bio (in Third Person)
Jessica Xiao is a Washington, DC-based writer, interested in activist culture, radical vulnerability, feminism, race and identity, mass incarceration, and climate injustice. You can find her work at Everyday Feminism, The Establishment, Huffington Post, TheHumanist.com, and Medium.
She is the Prison Book Club Coordinator at Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, a nonprofit serving incarcerated youth tried as adults. She is also a grant writer for Artistri Sud, a Montreal-based nonprofit providing social entrepreneurship and leadership development training to Indigenous women artisans.
Previously, she was a Community Facilitator for McGill University’s “Social Learning for Social Impact” GROOC (massive open online course for groups) and the Marketing and Communications Lead for their environmental hackathon “On the Earth, For the Earth” at the 2016 World Social Forum.
From 2015 to 2016, Jessica was the Projects Assistant at the American Humanist Association, Operations Manager at Humanist Press, and Assistant Editor at TheHumanist.com. She is Co-Chair of the Feminist Humanist Alliance.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Economics and Psychology from McGill University.firstname.lastname@example.org for writing and editing services, and with other professional opportunities.
"Jessica works tirelessly to nurture her communities, not only advocating but CREATING indispensability culture with her activist work & captivating writing. She works to connect people, whether that’s by bringing her communities closer together through thoughtful dialogue or introducing her friends to others who share similar interests & goals. Jessica’s talent for this kind of activism & work is especially important in such a divisive political climate."