Life can feel like we've been swept away by our busy schedules. Sometimes we forget to stop & assess what is intrinsically part of us. We ask ourselves, how did we get here? Why do our immigrant parents not understand me? How can I make sense of my hybrid identity? These kind of questions eventually surface for every young Asian woman.
As a proud Taiwanese-American, Kelly Lan immersed herself in the history of the island nation of Taiwan. She learned from a young age that freedom and the right to self-determination and expression were not given, but fought by small groups of mighty individuals.
Thus, Hello Prosper was born. Kelly began seeking her coalition of the willing, hiring a team of diverse craftspeople and storytellers. Heroes like Kalpana Chawla, the first Asian women in space, and Thelma Buchholdt, the first Pinay elected to U.S. Congress, were examples of hidden pioneers we must pass down to the next generation.
Hello Prosper was built out of necessity—to pursue the unanswered questions that society has overlooked. Learning about history through the arts will allow us to minimize the built up of confusion for our youth. We unearth these stories to set us free.
Kelly's dream is to publish a children's book. She wants to have kids grow up to feel both less alone and understand more fully where traditions come from and how to navigate them.
Growing up isn't easy. Our stories and activity kits navigate complex emotions, like when we feel excited, shame, guilt or happiness. We promote self-positive dialogue so that our youth can develop their identity with pride.
Students first exposure to Asian American studies start at the college level. We believe that curriculum needs to start earlier. Our learning kits encourage dialogue across generations at home and in the classrooms.
Youth performance today is heavily measured on data memorization and standardized testing. But there are other effective ways to empower tomorrow's leaders. Storytelling shifts social perceptions, helping us connect deeper with the world around us.
Art reminds us that the world as it appears to us doesn’t have to be this way. We can imagine something better so that we can make it better.
Currently Hello Prosper is a self-funded initiative, and we need donations to help back us. Build up your teen’s cultural literacy, so that CONFIDENCE is the driver to reach higher, and to dream bigger.