APAHM: Maggie Xue & Jung Jin of Us Two Tea
Throughout Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re talking to inspirational Asian Americans who are at the forefront of cultural preservation and innovation in their field. These include our own partners and clients, but also those in the industry who we recognize and support.
Here, we chatted with Maggie Ranmu Xue, Founder & CEO of Us Two Tea, and Jung Jin, Editor at Us Two Tea.
After noticing a lack of widely-known, distributed, or accessible Asian-owned tea brands in the United States, Shanghai-born millennial entrepreneur Maggie Ranmu Xue founded Us Two Tea with a clear mission: to make Asian tea culture — and Asian culture at large — more accessible to discerning millennial consumers and tea lovers alike. Since then, Us Two Tea has gone on to become one of the leading premium farm-to-cup purveyors of Taiwanese tea, with all of their loose-leaf tea leaves sourced from family-owned farms in Taiwan and packaged in sustainable, 100% corn fiber sachets.
On cultural unity.
There's a line from the movie, The Farewell, that goes, "You think life belongs to oneself... but in the East, a person’s life is part of a whole: family.” To a certain extent, I think this cultural value is also shared by many Asian Americans. We lean towards decisions that are family-based rather than individual-based. For example, parents immigrated to the US for their children's futures and Asian American kids grow up making life choices that are for the entire family, not just themselves. — Jung Jin
On the climate of rising hate crimes and the Stop Asian Hate movement.
As an Asian who is not American, it's shocking to see how many different national origins, cultures, and skin tones are lumped together as ‘Asian American.’ By grouping all of these cultures together, the intersectional experiences of racism, colorism, and immigration that are unique to different communities get lost. While it's amazing that we're standing together as a collective, there are so many nuanced experiences of Asian American racism that deserve attention. And while the movement is called 'Stop Asian Hate,’ it's important to realize that you don't have to hate to perpetuate racism. And that's something that's not talked about. — Jung Jin
On being an Asian American business owner.
I hope by building Us Two Tea, it will encourage our next generation to be more confident about our culture and stay true and authentic to who they are – to be proud of being Asian American. I hope it inspires them to pursue their dreams and gives them the confidence to do what they love. We can dare to defy expectations and stand out, not just fit in. — Maggie Xue
To learn more about Us Two Tea, visit their website and follow them on Instagram.
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