Money Memoirs: Amplifying Asian Voices

written by Bari Tessler April 1, 2021
Money Memoirs: Amplifying Asian Voices

Dear Money Adventurer,

Community is more than support and encouragement; it’s a commitment to hear each other’s voices and honor each others’ experiences. Genuinely listening to the voices of marginalized people in our communities is an essential piece of this solidarity.

The rise we’re seeing in racist, anti-Asian violence is heartbreaking. The brutality needs to stop. In the face of this hatred and xenophobia, it’s important to honor and lift up Asian voices in our communities.

So today, I’d like to share the stories of some incredible women who have opened up to discuss themes of money, race, heritage, and class through the lens of their personal experiences.

These interviews are part of my Money Memoir storytelling series, sharing intimately uncensored money conversations with brave folks about their own challenges, triumphs, lessons learned, and perspectives gained.

When we speak the truth about money, deep healing happens.

I invite you to listen to the following Money Memoirs in solidarity with the Asian community, to hear and amplify their voices, to empower transformation, and allow healing to begin.

In “A Financial Powerhouse on Turning 50, Feminism, Money, and Mental Health,” Manisha Thakor, a 25-year veteran of the Financial Services industry, shares her brilliant, thoughtful, and deeply personal perspective on money. Manisha speaks honestly and frankly about managing wealth and her mental health, visiting her family in India as a South Asian American and the impact that had on her money story, and the biggest money mistake she’s ever made.

Open up with Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant who is on a mission to make the world a better place by helping leaders integrate inclusion into their companies, organizations, communities, and lives. Born and brought up in the UK to parents who immigrated from Hong Kong and now living in Brooklyn, New York, Alethea shares her perspective on privilege and assimilation and how that has impacted her money story. Tune in as Alethea and I dive deeply into themes of value and worth, inclusion, and money dynamics.

Listen to this vulnerable interview with Jennifer Lee, founder of Artizen Coaching®, and the author of “The Right Brain Business Plan” and “Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way,” where Jennifer speaks candidly about her own personal money challenges and triumphant celebrations. Jennifer shares the story of her Japanese grandfather who was forced to live in an American internment camp during World War Two and opens up about how her lineage has shaped her experiences and her relationship with money.

In this Money Memoir, Bernadette Anat shares the mega-inspiring, personal story behind her viral YouTube videos, “Felicia’s Wallet,” where she shares her story of paying off over $50K of debt in a creative style all her own. As a Millennial Filipina American, Berna is passionate about youth empowerment and financial literacy. Get ready for a frankly inspiring and ultimately hilarious money conversation.

I’m honored to share the stories of these amazing women with you today. I hope you’ll make time to cozy up with your favorite cuppa to listen and reflect on the experiences, lessons, and inspiration they have to share if we only listen.

With much love,

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