Started in 2014 by Eliza Romero - a Filipino American writer, podcast host and activist - Aesthetic Distance was a way to finally combine her passions of writing and community organizing. In the beginning, Eliza’s blog was more of a fashion blog meant to showcase her personal style and each post was accompanied by her musings on pop culture and current events, particularly race and Asian American issues. People started to take notice and the response was incredible. That's when Aesthetic Distance shifted from being a blog to a calling. It is Eliza's vision combined with her passion and talent for bringing people together for a common cause.
Eliza has appeared on Buzzfeed News, On the Record on NPR, AM2DM, The New York Post, Forbes, Fox 45 News, and The Baltimore Sun. She has emceed events like the Charm City Night Market festival. She has moderated panels about Asian American literature at the Baltimore Book Festival and the CityLit Festival. She has also partnered with Enoch Pratt Library to host Writer’s Live events, author talks and discussions about Filipino American authors.
Her podcast, The Aesthetic Distance Podcast, is a pop culture and politics podcast, told from a Filipino American perspective.
Eliza is a supporter of We Need Diverse Books, an organization of children's book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
She is the Public Relations Officer for the Katipunan of Maryland, the oldest Filipino cultural organization in Maryland and nonprofit that focuses on developing social and educational programs that promote Filipino culture.
Eliza’s Filipino American book club, Decolonize Your Bookshelves, will launch in June 2019 at Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, MD. Gina Apostol will be giving a talk on modern day American colonialism and the event will be sponsored by Malaya Movement.