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Slant’d started two years ago, as a magazine right here on Kickstarter. We were excited to share our stories—the scandalous ones, the controversial ones, the embarrassing ones, the sacred ones—and reflect the beautiful complexity of Asian America.

Three issues and a lot of soul searching later, we’re back and ready to give you more: More stories. More community. More connection. More activism.

As a magazine, Slant’d gave our community a voice, it helped us feel seen—but the real magic happens when we gather IRL. Culture is meant to be experienced, so we’re reintroducing Slant’d as more than a magazine. We are a collective—made up of diverse experiences, bonded by a shared purpose, and built from the ground up for us, by us.

Our reintroduction is also an invitation for YOU to join us in our form of activism. The future of Asian America is bright—and it’s ours for the taking. Help us today and together, we will build the community that Asian Americans want, need, and deserve.

Since day 1, we've been a completely volunteer-run organization, powered by passion and the belief in something bigger than ourselves.

By backing Slant’d today, you’ll help us transform from a passion project to a sustainable business. Your contribution will enable us to tell more stories, host more events in more cities, induce more food comas—and pay our people!

 All funds raised through this campaign will go towards:

UPDATE: Now that we've hit our original goal of $25,000, you can help us unlock stretch goals:

Slant'd is a reality thanks to this amazing team of volunteers who are passionate about magic of storytelling and community. With your support, we'll get one step closer to transforming this side hustle into a full-time hustle for all of us. 

The Slant'd squad works hard & plays hard!

You are invited to join The Collective: an ongoing membership program that celebrates the vibrant spirit of Asian America.

Come experience the stories and connections that can only be found through The Collective. As a Member, you'll be a trailblazer, helping to co-create and cultivate the community that Asian Americans want, need, and deserve.

As a small business on a mission to make a big impact, our membership program will be critical for transforming Slant’d into a business that thrives for years to come.

Membership includes:

  • The Slant’d literary magazine, automatically shipped to your doorstep
  • Invites to members-only events
  • Discounts on Slant’d events
  • VIP event access (e.g.. early bird tickets, early event entry, drink tickets)
  • 10% discount off the Slant’d store
  • Membership card designed by Asian American artists
The cover of Issue 03: isn't she a beaut?

For those who are new to Slant'd, we publish an annual anthology-meets-art book filled to the brim with personal narratives about the Asian American experience as told by our diverse community.

This isn't your everyday magazine; this is a collection of gut-wrenching, heartwarming, and provocatively told stories that you'll not only want to consume on the subway, but also display on your coffee table and pass along to your friends. 

Issue 03 is our boldest & most provocative issue yet!

Through our signature mix of personal essays, poems, art, illustration, photography, Issue 03 (theme: Taboo) openly dives into topics like self-pleasure, drugs, intergenerational trauma, tattoos, the adoptee experience, and grief—and ultimately celebrates the freedom that comes from challenging long-held beliefs around who we are and how we came to be. 

Magazine specs:

  • 120 full-color pages
  • Gold foil accents
  • High quality matte paper
  • Perfect bound
  • Size: 5.8" x 8.3"

A big thank you to our brave storytellers: Andrew Kung, Cyrena Lee, David Lai, Janelle Tan, Janine Kwoh, Jeff Deng, Joyce Chen, Kenji Kuramitsu, Kitty Hu, Kristen Liu-Wong, Lauren Gonitzke, Lori Bailey, Lulu Cheng, Mike Fu, Quinn Leong, Rumi Hara, Shanshan Chan, Tiffany Lo, and Xiao Mei

Co-creation is part of our DNA. We work hand-in-hand with every writer and artist on the magazine AND we design merch with different Asian American makers. We're already in talks with some amazing brands and are excited to bring you new and fun ways to rep Slant'd everywhere you go.

 For example:

Original art by Linh-Yen Hoang

We loved the artwork of Linh-Yen Hoang so much that we created phone and laptop wallpapers for you to enjoy every time you go to check the 'gram.

Exclusive postcards featuring original artwork from Issue 02

We designed a set of four (4) exclusive Slant'd postcards with Asian American artists Bianca Ng, Felicia Liang, Laenz, and Travis Suzaka so you can share the love with your friends and family.

Merch moodboard inspired by brands we love

That's not all! Our Head of Merchandising, Amber Luan, has been dreaming up some new merch for 2020 inspired by other brands we love. BONUS: All Members (existing and new ones who join during Kickstarter) can vote on what swag we create!

Slant'd proudly supports and co-creates with other content creators, cultural institutions, and community organizations—because we're all stronger together. Some of the many partners we've worked with to produce life-changing content and experiences include:

“When I think of Slant’d, I think of a community of Asian Americans supporting each other in their art and lifting each other up.  Every time I’m with them, I feel warm, safe, and inspired. As a community, we can continue to grow and create spaces for Asian Americans to thrive.” - Sarah S., TAP Community & Advocacy Chair (New York)

“Getting the opportunity to hear a range of incredibly moving and heartfelt stories from the Asian American community at their Issue 02 launch party empowered me with the vocabulary to reflect more compassionately about my own Chinese immigrant upbringing, an experience that I have either often overlooked or, more tragically, dismissed for much of my childhood. Because of Slant’d, I met a host of very inspiring and courageous people from the Asian American community—people who, through their work and art and values, relentlessly challenge and redefine the historical narratives of what it means to be Asian in today’s fractured America. Slant’d is a tower of inspiration and I’m exceptionally proud to be a member of its loving community. ” - Irving R., comedian and writer (San Francisco)

“I am half Japanese and growing up I never really felt like I had a community or strong sense of self. I didn't have people in media to look up to and I often enabled hurtful stereotypes projected on me from friends, not knowing they were wrong. Slant'd has shown me that other Asians feel this way. Slant'd has helped me feel like my voice matters and I feel more proud to be who I am. Most importantly, Slant'd helped me take control of the narrative of my ancestry’s history.” - Nadine B., Slant'd super fan (Los Angeles)

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More press 

  • The Shift23 crew (Jack Dorfman, Anders Minor, & Bruce Tetsuya) for video magic
  •  The Prolific Group for being our favorite printers in the world
  • Oriana Leckert & Indhi Rojas for the most sage Kickstarter advice
  • Amy Chen, Julie Felner, Kate Knowles, & Andrew Chau for believing in us

Learn more about Slant'd at slantd.media and stay connected by following us on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) and signing up for our mailing list.

Risks and challenges

MAGAZINE
Risks are fairly low. Issue 03 is on the presses, but it's possible that printing or shipping may be delayed. Fortunately, our printer (The Prolific Group) is awesome and we're confident that you'll still receive your magazines on time. Any delays will be communicated ASAP.

COMMUNITY GATHERINGS
For 2020, our events are limited to SF, LA, NY, and Denver, but we hope to expand soon. In the meantime, we're SO excited to meet you IRL! The frequency of our events will depend on the amount of funds raised. If we fall short of our goal, then we'll limit the amount of events to what feels feasible for our scrappy team of volunteers.

MERCH
We have ideas brewing, but we need funding to bring you that coveted Slant'd swag. If we fall short of our funding goal, then production will be put on hold until we secure another source of funding in 2020.

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    Slant'd Supporter

    For less than a cup of boba, you’re already helping us on our way to achieving our goal. Receive a digital download of phone and laptop wallpaper designed by Linh-Yen Hoang and think of us every time you go to check the ‘gram.

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    Slant'd Issue 03: Taboo

    Post-Kickstarter price: $30

    Be one of the first people to get their hands on our latest issue at an exclusive Kickstarter price!

    This includes a one (1) year magazine subscription with the option of renewing at the end of 2020.

    Includes:
    • Slant'd Issue 03
    • [removed by Kickstarter]
    • Phone and laptop wallpaper art
    • Thank you card
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    Slant'd Membership

    Post-Kickstarter price: $120

    Hang out with us IRL! Join The Collective and experience community building beyond the pages as a VIP guest at our events + more!

    BONUS: If we hit $10K above our goal, we'll launch digital versions of Issues 01 & 02, which will be FREE for Members.

    Member perks:
    • Signed copy of Issue 03
    • Invites to members-only events
    • Discounted event tickets for you AND a +1
    • Access to early bird tickets
    • Early event entry
    • Drink tickets at events
    • Opportunity to vote on what merch we create in 2020
    • Membership card

    Note: Everyone is welcome to join The Collective, but for 2020, events will be limited to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco/Bay Area, and Denver (for now!).

    Includes:
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    • Phone and laptop wallpaper art
    • Thank you card
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    Slant'd Community Partner

    This one's for all of our corporate friends (think: employee resource groups) and leaders of student groups who want to get involved with Slant'd in a bigger way.

    Each Community Partner will receive magazines, merch, event invites, and event perks that can be distributed to your company/student group. You'll get shoutouts at our events & on our newsletter and website. You'll also get to meet and speak with potential recruits to help build your pipeline of talented AAPI creatives.

    Community Partner perks:
    • 10 copies of Issue 03
    • 10 postcard sets
    • Exclusive code for all Slant'd events (including our highly anticipated Issue 03 launch party)
    • Listed as an official partner on our website & newsletter and at events
    • Dedicated table at Slant'd events for recruitment

    BONUS: If we hit $10K above our goal, we'll launch digital versions of Issues 01 & 02, which will be available for FREE for everyone in your company/student group.

    Includes:
    • 10× Slant'd Issue 03
    • 10× Postcard set (4 cards per set)
    • Promotion on Slant'd website (one year)
    • Code for all Slant'd events (one year)
    • Promotion at Slant'd events (one year)
    • Promotion on the Slant'd monthly newsletter
    • Phone and laptop wallpaper art
    • Thank you card
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    Slant'd Merch Extravaganza

    This reward is for those whose love language is "gifts" and want to share their love for Slant'd with their community in the form of merch.

    Includes:
    • Slant'd Issue 01
    • Slant'd Issue 02
    • 10× Slant'd Issue 03
    • 10× Sticker sheet
    • 10× Postcard set (4 cards per set)
    • Issue 03 launch party ticket
    • Phone and laptop wallpaper art
    • Thank you card
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    Slant'd Builder

    Roll up your sleeves & shape the future of Slant'd. This reward is perfect for individuals looking to support a cause that fires them up and who are eager to get in on an exciting venture that's about to take off:

    • Quarterly updates from the Co-Founders
    • Opportunities to provide feedback during strategy sessions throughout the year
    • Public recognition on our website, at events, and our monthly newsletter.

    We make it easy for you to scale your generosity & amplify Slant'd by gifting the following to your friends and allies on your behalf:

    • Additional memberships
    • Additional copies of Issue 03 (with handwritten notes for each recipient)
    • Additional postcard sets

    BONUS: If we hit $10K above our goal, we'll launch digital versions of Issues 01 & 02, which will be available for FREE for you & our Members.

    Includes:
    • Slant'd Membership
    • Slant'd Issue 03
    • Postcard set (4 cards per set)
    • Phone and laptop wallpaper art
    • Promotion on the Slant'd monthly newsletter
    • Promotion at Slant'd events (one year)
    • Promotion on Slant'd website (one year)
    • Opportunity to participate in quarterly vision-setting meetings
    • Quarterly updates and early previews from Slant'd Co-Founders
    • Thank you card
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    Reclaim Slantd.com

    Back when we first launched in 2017, someone else bought Slantd.com. Help us buy back our domain name so we can continue to serve Asian Americans everywhere.

    As a thank you, you'll receive a Slant'd Membership (which includes Issue 03), beautiful postcards, a lifetime-dedicated shoutout on the Slant'd website, and a SURPRISE gift from our Co-Founders!

    Includes:
    • Lifetime shoutout on the Slant'd website
    • Surprise gift from Co-Founders
    • Slant'd Membership
    • Phone and laptop wallpaper art
    • Postcard set (4 cards per set)
    • Thank you card
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    Slant'd Super Fan Package

    Retail value: $85

    New to Slant'd? Welcome! Catch up on all of the incredible stories published so far with an exclusive Kickstarter bundle that features all of 3 issues:

    • Issue 01: Beginnings
    • Issue 02: Light & Dark
    • Issue 03: Taboo

    Already have Issues 01 & 02? Pick this bundle and gift them to your friends!

    BONUS: All Super Fan Packages come with a set of four (4) postcards featuring original artwork by talented Asian American artists.

    Includes:
    • Slant'd Issue 01
    • Slant'd Issue 02
    • Slant'd Issue 03
    • Postcard set (4 cards per set)
    • Phone and laptop wallpaper art
    • Thank you card
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Funding period

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