Mia Nakaji Monnier is a freelance writer and co-editor of The Blend, a HelloGiggles vertical dedicated to mixed-race and multicultural identity. Previously, she was the online editor at Japanese American community newspaper The Rafu Shimpo and a fiction reader at Guernica Magazine. Her essays and journalism have appeared in The Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, Los Angeles Magazine, NBC Asian America, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Shondaland, The Washington Post, and more. She has a BA in Japanese Studies from Middlebury College and a Master of Professional Writing (MPW) degree from the University of Southern California. She also knits and sews and posts about it a lot on Instagram.