Celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day by honouring my favourite women cartoonists. As a child, I loved watching cartoons! Hello Kitty is one of my favourite Sanrio cartoon character, and I spent endless hours watching Spongebob Squarepants and Strawberry Shortcake. These cartoons inspired me to create Becca’s Artsy Corner. Thank you for your inspirations!
Yuko Shimizu created Hello Kitty in 1974. Hello Kitty was first introduced in the USA in 1976 and it found commercial success. Yuko Shimizu was born in Japan, and before creating the iconic Hello Kitty, Yuko painted flowers on rubber sandals and sold them! Some other characters that Yuko created includes “Angel Cat Sugar” and “Rebecca Bonbon”. Besides creating iconic characters, Yuko also illustrated a picture book which won a 2021 Caldecott Honor!
A manga artist, Miyuki Okumura created Cinnamaroll in 2001. The character Cinnamaroll resembles a cinnamon roll and a white puppy. Besides creating Cinnamaroll, Miyuki also designed the character for the “Wish Me Mell” series.
Created by Naoko Togashi, Sailor Moon is a popular Japanese Manga series. Before Naoko became a manga artist, she worked as a Miko. The series revolves around a character named Usagi Tsukino who transforms to “Sailor Moon” in search of a magical artifact called the "Legendary Silver Crystal" throughout the series. Naoko won the 1993 Kodansha Manga Award for her creation of Sailor Moon.
Care Bears, a series of multi-coloured bear characters, was originally painted in 1981 by artist Elena Kucharik. Elena worked as a children’s illustrator and her “Care Bears” paintings used to be used on American Greetings’ Greeting Cards. The uniqueness about each Care Bears is that each Care Bears has its own colour and has a special belly badge that represents its personality.
Strawberry Shortcake was originally created by Barbie Sargent in 1973. It was not originally called Strawberry Shortcake but called Girl with a Daisy instead. Barbie was a freelance artist for the greeting card company American Greetings.
Daron Nefcy is an American animator, writer and producer. Daron is the creator of the famous Disney channel cartoon Star Vs. the Forces of Evil. Star Vs. the Forces of Evil. is the first Disney channel cartoon that was created by a female. Daron’s inspiration for the characters of Star Vs. the Forces of Evil were inspired by popular Japanese Manga Cartoon like Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. Daron is currently the Executive Producer in Animation Development at Nickelodeon.
Emily Kapnek a writer, actress and a television producer is best known as the creator of the popular Nickelodeon animated comedy-drama television series “As told by Ginger” which first aired on 2000. Other than being a television creator, Emily is also a theme song lyricist, writing the theme song of As told my Ginger, Emily’s Reasons Why Not and more.
Digital Marketing Intern & Artist of Becca’s Artsy Corner
As much as we don’t like it, the world continues to be poisoned by hate and hate speech, much of which is aimed towards marginalized groups and minority communities. Unfortunately, this hateful rhetoric was exemplified during the previous administration, especially against Mexican immigrants, Muslims, and, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans.
Civil rights advocate and Director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Manju Kulkarni, talks about the impact of this hateful rhetoric on Asian American communities in an NPR article. Kulkarni talks about how phrases like “Wuhan virus, kung flu, China virus, China plague”, espoused by former President Trump, have been weaponized against Asian American communities. This type of hateful speech has led to an uptick in hate crimes against Asian American people, so much so that some stores, owned by Asian Americans, have had to reduce their hours.
Credit: Gum Kuo Restaurant
Unfortunately, these hate crimes have claimed some victims’ lives. Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year old man, was going for a walk in San Francisco when he was attacked and smashed to the ground. Ratanapakdee died of his injuries two days later. Others have been injured, property has been vandalized, and many have been subject to verbal assaults and slurs while in public.
Part of the reason why we at Jezuba have turned our attention to these attacks is because many of them have occurred so close to where Jezuba is based, in Oakland. We hope that by increasing awareness of hate crimes against minority groups, particularly Asian Americans, others will be able to educate themselves about this hate before it strikes close to them.
Happy Valentine’s Day! A special thank you to Devin Dowling for leading a virtual art session with the theme of LOVE and practicing self-love. We are happy to give back to our teachers while connecting virtually and learning basic color theory and acrylic paint.
Amidst the global pandemic that has impacted virtually every aspect of our lives, many members of Gen Z question how to navigate the complex labyrinth of finding a job and launching a career. Covid-19 has changed the ways that we interact with one another in many ways, and some of the effects of those changes have spilled over into the job market. One of our missions at Jezuba is to help members of Gen Z transition into the workspace more fluidly, despite the pandemic, and as part of that mission we hosted an online seminar, led by three professionals in recruiting, about this process.
The webinar took place on January 13th, and was the second of our planned sessions regarding career advice and navigating the job market. This session focused on how to create the best resume, cover letter, and online presence, as well as general advice about how to launch a career for newer entrants to the job market.
Christine Dasig-Aguada, a representative from Robert Half, began the session by providing guidance on how to write resumes. Afterwards, she highlighted the importance of cover letters, explaining that they are useful to describe qualifications and skills that aren’t listed on one’s resume. She also mentioned the importance of thank you notes, emphasizing that they help make one stand out to an interviewer.
After the initial presentation, the full panel of recruiters, which included Christine as well as Amanda Cretcher from WePay and Charles Jo from Power Integrations, took questions from the audience. In a lively and engaging discussion, the recruiters made many useful points. They emphasized the importance of not selling oneself short in interviews, negotiating salary, and getting job descriptions and offers in writing. They also warned participants about sharing too much of one’s personal information online, because it can easily follow one forever.
The conversation and advice shared during this seminar were extremely valuable to the attendees, including myself. We are hopeful that, due to this webinar and future career series webinars to come, Jezuba will continue to make a positive impact in the job market and successfully deliver career advice to aspiring professional Gen Zers.
During Jezuba's GenZ Career Series webinar, as we were discussing the difference between soft and hard skills, Rebecca, co-founder and director of Jezuba, brought up that I have developed an exemplary set of soft skills through my time at Jezuba. Though slightly embarrassed by being thrown into the spotlight, I was taken aback by her honesty. Had it not been for Rebecca’s comment, I would have never noticed this growth. Her words stuck with me as I reflected on my journey.
I started working for Jezuba during my sophomore year of college. At that time, I was clueless as to what I wanted to do career wise. Eager to learn but with nowhere to start, Van, my leadership coach from Braven, introduced me to Rebecca. From there, I joined Jezuba as the very first intern. Starting as a content strategist, to becoming the co-chief of staff and now the operations manager, I was able to experience all the ups and downs of a newly launched business and nonprofit organization. I have been so proud to see Jezuba's growth as we added more interns, took on new projects, and engaged in a large audience but I never realized that with Jezuba's growth, came my own.
My reliability has always served as a foundation for me, but I now know that I am also capable of taking on new challenges and learning new things. Engaging with passionate professionals, expressing my thoughts to a larger audience, organizing meaningful events, and connecting people around the world to make our team- all of these opportunities were only possible because Jezuba encouraged me to challenge myself.
Jezuba's goal will always be to empower youths to make an impact. Now, as a recent graduate and official staff member of Jezuba, I truly understand this simple but powerful mission statement. I’ll forever be thankful to have received this chance to get started on my journey and will work to pay it forward.
I hope this also serves as a gentle reminder to everyone getting started on their journey that hard work will never go unnoticed. Be kind, be forgiving, but most importantly believe in yourself.
Credit Lauren Young - Jeju Island, South Korea.
Let Jezuba help you bring some joy to our Healthcare Heroes this Valentine’s day with our handwritten cards! Choose a Greeting Card featuring original art work by a Jezuba artist and the Jezuba Healthcare Heroes team will hand write and mail the card on your behalf or anonymously. Choose from a pre-written message or personalize your card! Not only will these cards help support our Healthcare Heroes during this difficult time, the net proceeds from your purchase will go toward Solar LED Lamps for school children in off-grid rural Myanmar. Join us in thanking our Healthcare Heroes for all that they have done for us during this pandemic.
Let Jezuba help you say thank you to our Healthcare Heroes this Valentine’s Day! Visit this link for more details. Click here to learn more about Jezuba and meet our Healthcare Heroes team!
Izzy, Evelyn, Kat, and Alicia
Healthcare Heroes Program Managers
During this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. day on the 18th, many of us will be grateful for the three-day weekend as a time to recharge. Beyond just relaxation, however, I call on us to spend this holiday reflecting on King’s work for civil rights and justice, especially in the wake of the events over the last year showing the need for us all to continue his work.
A quote of King’s that resonated with me is “There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it.” For many problems in the world, this issue isn’t the existence of resources or technologies to solve it; the main hurdle is the cooperation and teamwork that is necessary to get these resources to those people who need it the most.
I find that this quote especially applies to the world today, during the Covid-19 pandemic. The vaccine for the pandemic was created in record time, thanks to the many efforts of the scientists and researchers in charge, but the question mark of transportation and logistics for vaccination still remains. As of Sunday January 10th, California Governor Gavin Newsom said that the state had received almost 2.5 million doses of the vaccines, and that 783,476 had been administered. Clearly, in a time of record Covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations, this vaccination rate is not acceptable. To honor the sentiment in King’s quote, state and county leadership and health departments must make it their first priority to assemble the right resources in the right places to get all available vaccines into people’s arms. And in order to make sure that everyone gets the vaccine safely, equitably and effectively, we need to show love, care and cooperation with one another as we help others to get their shots and wait our turn.
Here at Jezuba, our hope is that we can continue to inspire and empower the next generation and each generation to come. In the present moment, that starts with making sure we are all protected from the pandemic that has sickened and killed too many people around the world. I hope that on this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. day, we can all learn about how we can cooperate and work together in service to solve society’s most pressing problems, one step at a time.
To break down the stigma around menstruation we must talk about periods. The terms, expressions, and euphemisms we use can provide insight into how our culture views periods. Changing our language can then become a route for changing those cultural views. This post is going to tackle the term “feminine hygiene” and argue that the phrase supports the stigma around menstruation. This year, we should resolve to leave the term “feminine hygiene” back in 2020.