Fame, Fortune, Etc.

On some occasions, people have put my words and face on other places that have wider audiences than my party journal (diary) and thought vessel (body)! I am usually some combination of embarrassed and honoured by this. Here are some of those instances.

Metro News / Safe Space Podcast

Splitsider / Follow Friday

I feel like I’m always trying to normalize the idea that it’s OK and good to be calling out racism. It’s dangerous to think about race in monolithic terms — and many egg profiles get mad at me about doing so. Obviously not all white people will do blatantly racist things, but in this industry race jokes or racism by white people can feel really inescapable. On Twitter, talking about racism in ways that people like me can understand and respond to makes me feel more ready to approach it in real life. Can white people just be chill about that?

MTV News / Facebook Live

When we talk about the Oscars, we really talk about a culture that is so exclusionary and unchanging. A lot of the time, the conversation about the Oscars is so centred around the fact that people of colour and women don’t get awards because their stories aren’t there or that there are other stories that were made better. Actual change needs to happen for the Oscars and the entertainment industry and that’s only going to happen when people at the top penetrate that.

Arts & Science Students’ Union / Facebook Live

The Globe & Mail / Colour Code Podcast

When people are like ‘oh, you’re so whitewashed,’ that feels so unfair. You’ve asked me, World, to be as white as I can be. And then to call me out on that because it’s not something that I’m able to fully become is so frustrating..

HelloFlo / Femspiration Feature

Concerned with issues of representation in media and tech industries, she’s especially invested in raising the voices and visibility of marginalized folks of color. She talked to HelloFlo about her current projects, writing process, and general outlook on the world.

Bustle / News

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The Varsity Magazine / Feature

Yim finds pleasure in working with diverse individuals in her comedy troupes, some with experience in comedy and some with no experience at all, who are just interested in laughing. “When you get a group of people telling these stories from different points of view, what could be more interesting than that? I just can’t think of anything else,” she says.

The Medium / Arts & Entertainment

Yim was also a lively addition to the night. In her sketch acts, Yim’s vibrancy, dance moves, and witty stage presence definitely won the crowd.

The Strand / Arts & Culture

The main show opened with a sketch featuring UC Follies’s head co-writers, Celeste Yim and Kelly de Hoop, discovering a time machine and exploring the past. Unfortunately, due to their ethnicity and gender, they didn’t get very far into history. The sketch was hilarious from the get-go, and set the tone for a show that was not afraid to take risks with its content and stylistic choices.

Yim concludes with the idea that above all else, she wants “Adorable” to create a “safe space for friends and something they love doing.”

Killjoy / Web Series

Mic.com / Identities

The idea that boys have the responsibility — and control — to determine their date while girls are expected to passively hope for an offer is emblematic in the prom tradition. As Huffington Post Teen blogger Celeste Yim wrote in 2014, the “uncertainty of being or not being asked” to prom “is a primal denial of my girl friends’ integrity.”

The Huffington Post

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls / Facebook

Smart Girl Celeste Sue-Yonge Yim shared this with us and we HAD to pass it along! Smart and funny, this needs to be your Friday morning read.