Welcome to Model Minority Moms where we reckon with the myth of success in career, family and life. We’re Jeanette, Kate, and Susan – Harvard classmates and Asian American working moms who get real about the pressures of fitting in while standing out.
Jeanette is MMM’s “momager” who runs a tight ship and keeps it afloat. She’s a repeat entrepreneur, fount of Korean proverbs, and mom to Isaiah (4 yrs) and Ruth (2 yrs). In her past life, she’s been a McKinsey consultant, Harvard MBA, Amazon product manager, owner of a Korean restaurant, and tinkerer on many different ideas for new ventures. She lives in Seattle and is currently building HomeHQ, a company serving busy professional families with part-time household assistants and directories for afterschool programs and summer camps in Seattle. Jeanette grew up in Los Angeles after immigrating from South Korea, and studied Economics at Harvard, where she met her husband, Jake.
Kate is MMM’s resident products nerd and social media stalker. She spent most of her career internationally, has a not-so-secret potty mouth, and is mom to Raya (2.5 yrs) and Leela (5 months). A trilingual business professional, she has 15 years of cross-sectoral experience in the social and private sectors spanning data consulting, higher education, public health, and philanthropy, and is a best-selling author in China. She lives on Mercer Island with her kids and husband Nirav, and works for a Chinese higher education data analytics consulting firm overseeing its Africa clientele. After immigrating to the US from China at age 6, she grew up in Washington state and studied Psychology and French at Harvard.
Susan is MMM’s comedic soul and creative voice. She is a Vietnamese-American playwright, performer, activist, and author, and is mom to Art (2 yrs). Susan co-founded a chocolate company, Socola Chocolatier, with her sister, and is a Yale MBA and former management consultant who left the business world to pursue her passion for the arts. She lives in West Seattle with Art and her husband Marvin, and is working on her forthcoming memoir, The Manicurist’s Daughter, to be published in 2023 with Celadon (Macmillan). The daughter of Vietnamese boat refugees, Susan grew up in the Bay Area and studied Social Studies (yes that’s a real major but we call it a “concentration”) at Harvard.