Published by PETA.

Asian-American women—including those with vegan brands—are making their presence known in the business world. According to the 2016 American Express State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, “[T]here are an estimated 922,700 Asian-American women-owned firms … generating $170.4 billion in revenues.”

These innovative Asian-American/Pacific Islander vegan business owners inspire and influence us with their ambition, mission, and merchandise:

Aubry Walch, The Herbivorous Butcher

Aubry Walch was 13 years old when her family moved from Guam to Minnesota. Now, along with her younger brother, Kale, she owns a vegan butcher shop in Minneapolis.

After successfully setting up at the farmers’ market with their plant-based meat brand, The Herbivorous Butcher, Aubry and Kale raised enough money through a Kickstarter campaign to open up their own vegan deli and restaurant.

Their spicy chorizo, smoky BBQ ribs, burgers, and so many other offerings prove that no animal needs to be harmed to get great-tasting meaty food.

Nikki Duong Koenig, Cykochik Custom Handbags

Cykochik Custom Handbags founder Nikki Duong Koenig started her brand in 2003 in her dorm room at Southern Methodist University. What started out as a creative outlet for her art and designs soon snowballed into the vegan custom-handbags company that it is today.

On the 10th anniversary of Cykochik’s creation, Nikki launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to take her brand to the next level. Her designs are saving the lives of animals used for their skins in the fashion industry.

Asian-American/Pacific Islander vegan business owners are changing the face of the animal rights movement one cruelty-free and vegan item at a time. Purchasing their products not only supports their businesses but also enhances our quality of life, benefits the environment, and—of course—saves animals’ lives.

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