The Braids & Jade story

Braids & Jade is an online platform for people of color with an interest in Asian culture, language and media looking for inspiration, collaboration and conversation.

We bring together a diverse community of creatives, students, entrepreneurs and travelers to spark dialogue around the life stories, ideas, and perspectives they are passionate about, from launching startups in Guangzhou to finding love in Korea.

If you have any tips, stories or perspectives that fits within the Braids & Jade platform shoot us an email!

We love reviewing travel experiences, attractions and products that we believe in, if you’re interested in working together, please reach out to braidsandjade [at] gmail [dot] com.


Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
— Maya Angelou

About the Founder


With her first international flight before she was even a year old,  Jhanay was born to explore the globe. By the time she was 24 years old, she'd not only travelled to over 20+ countries but also lived in Asia and Europe. 

Jhanay first traveled to Asia in 2010 and studied abroad in China in college. When she returned in 2016 for a work conference and noticed a panel of “Asia experts” consisting of predominantly white men, she knew she needed to create a stronger voice for expats, students, and entrepreneurs of color in Asia. She founded Braids & Jade to share to the world that travel and cultural exchange are available and accessible for people from all backgrounds.