Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: 2 Girls, 1 Asian

Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin and Kelly Colburn make up the dynamic duo ensemble, 2 Girls 1 Asian, a new web series about two girls living in New York city, experiencing your typical 20-something situations, and of course, being half Asian and white.

Kaela and Kelly of the web series, '2 Girls 1 Asian'
Kaela and Kelly of the web series, “2 Girls 1 Asian” (Source:

I had come across their Twitter account by chance through some retweets from other Asian American figures, and thought to myself, “I love that name! They sound fun!” So, I found myself scrolling through their timeline and poking around at their blog. I watched the first episode and immediately fell in love with Kaela and Kelly’s goofy, girl power humor (who doesn’t love the female empowerment “I am woman, hear me roar” type of approach to life?! I know I do!) that, in a way, pays homage to their favorite sitcom star, Mindy Kaling.

Coincidentally, our Editor-in-Chief, Selena, ALSO noticed their series and asked about doing an interview with the ladies of 2 Girls 1 Asian for Persephone Pioneers. So, here we are with a video interview!

I loved chatting with Kaela and Kelly for so many reasons. One reason that really resonated with me is their passion and energy for the work that they do. Our interview was more like a conversation, perhaps of girlfriends that haven’t seen each other in a while and are now catching up after a brief hiatus. They talked about how they came up with the idea behind the web series (a friend who is also in the series came up with the name due to their half Asian, half European heritage), what the process was like to write, produce, and direct the series, and where they want to see the web series go. The funding for the production of the series came from an IndieGoGo campaign they launched last year, where they raised $3000 to support the first season. With a small budget, dedicated friends, full-time jobs at a real estate agency, and of course, their strong friendship, they’ve been able to successfully release all of the episodes with one coming out tonight at 6pm/9pm EST on their YouTube channel, 2 Girls 1 Asian, and the last episode coming out next Thursday also at 6pm/9pm EST.

Kaela and Kelly were a delight to chat with, learn from, and get to know! Be sure to watch their series on YouTube, follow them on Twitter, and like their Facebook page.

By Luann

Feminist, Pinay, coffee lover, boba aficionado and pop culture enthusiast. Current graduate student in Peace and Conflict Studies. Dwelling in the rainy city of Portland, Oregon but always California dreaming. You can also read more of her articles at

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