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The Making Of: Banana Mag Issue 05

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and this year, we’re celebrating with the crew behind Banana Mag, a magazine covering ~all things AZN~. Co-founders Kathleen Tso and Vicki Ho, as well as team members Courtney Congjuico and Janice Szeto, who do press and events, gathered at Tso’s Chinatown apartment, and we got the tea. But first, rewind to last year: you might remember our Q&AZN series from May 2018, where we hosted Tso and Ho as guest editors all month long to interview those featured in Banana issue 04. This time around, we’re going behind the scenes, to find out what it takes to concept, plan, and execute an issue of Banana from start to finish.

For this issue, the Banana team crowdsourced much of their content topics, putting their community’s POV front and center. Coincidentally, many of the same features that popped up in internal brainstorm sessions also appeared in Instagram DMs and email requests, which just goes to show — they know their audience through and through. Without further ado, check out the making of Banana Mag Issue 05 above.

Video credits:

Producers – Emma Banks + Gabriella Plotkin
Director – Gabriella Plotkin
Directors of Photography – Derek MatarGabriella Plotkin
Editors – Fiel6sGabriella Plotkin
Music – Wavy Bagels

BTS photos courtesy of Milk fam: Ash Bean

Stay tuned to Milk for more magazine culture.

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