Valerie Chow, a television producer in Los Angeles, had just started planning a series of videos to address Covid-19-related anti-Asian sentiment in the United States when she experienced it first-hand. “I was out walking my dog when a homeless man started yelling at me, ‘nasty b****, go back to China’, throwing punches and trying to kick my dog,” recalls Chow, who has produced unscripted shows for Netflix and the Food Network. “I ran back towards my building but he chased me, still screaming. It was like that cliché in every murder scene where the victim’s hand is trembling, and she drops her keys. That was me in that moment.” The incident further galvanised Chow, who subsequently launched her Be Cool 2 Asians campaign, designed to eradicate harmful notions that Asians should be blamed for the coronavirus pandemic . She is not the only one taking action. In mid-March, a trio of organisations – the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and San Francisco State University’s Asian-American Studies Department – formed the Stop AAPI Hate reporting centre to support Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the country. In the space of three weeks it received 1,135 reports of verbal harassment, shunning and physical assault. The reporting centre said that women are harassed at twice the rate of men. Read more about what is being done to push back against what Valerie Chow describes as “an epidemic of hate”. Stories worth sharing Philippine project fights bias against dark skin “It’s been 120 years since our colonisers left the country, and we’re still holding on to their beauty standards,” says Juro Ongkiko, the Filipino freelance photographer behind Moreno Morena, an Instagram project created to encourage appreciation of dark skin . A Chinese live-streamer fell in love. It cost her the virtual world With thousands of followers, Shanghai live-streamer Nai Nai was a girlfriend to many, until she met Chinese internet legend Jiang Bo . Little did she know the price she would pay for her feelings. Women must not become collateral damage in the war on Covid-19 While women comprise 70 per cent of the global health care workforce, men dominate senior positions. A global pandemic is both a terrifying situation and an opportunity for systemic change, writes Radu Magdin . I tried to become a TikTok star in 5 days From dance challenges to virtual clubbing, TikTok has been helping people around the world get through the boredom of staying at home. Goldthread producer Jessica Novia, who’s never used the app before, tried her hand at some of the most popular challenges. The colourful world of Chie Mihara, queen of the mid-heel shoe After working in fashion and as a sculptor, Chie Mihara considers herself an artist who makes shoes . “No woman in my target group would spend a dollar on something that is only functional but not appealing. It has to tingle your soul first.” From running cutting-edge global companies to speaking out against sexism and stereotypes, women in Asia are making their voices heard around the world. Here at Lunar, we want to provide a platform to elevate and celebrate these voices, while exploring issues that affect women everywhere. Each week, we’ll bring you a curated selection of news, interviews and features about women, by women and for women. Sign up now !