Practicing radical self-love in the face of apathy is a matter of survival. Tough time to be an Asian woman in America. I feel very alone and invisible. Few people will understand the long trauma of this experience and many more know much worse. This week, all I can do is do my best to cope and learn from the ancestors. Then we organize and fight for change.
[4-panel comic of a girl with a bun, coping with a subtle, dismissive kind of racism. In panel 1, she is sitting in front of a laptop, with a pencil behind her ear, listening to the audio of someone swearing. In panel 2, she scribbles the phrase on a notepad. In panel 3, she practices saying the word out loud. In panel 4, she takes a sip of tea. Caption of comic reads: "Fighting the erasure of my Asian American identity...by learning to swear...in the language of my ancestors." Comic is titled: "Practicing Radical Self-Love." Autobio comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
There was a light in San Francisco this week for Chinese Americans everywhere. Chinese American parents in San Francisco played a major role in the recall of three members of the School Board there.
They made their voices heard at the ballot box. Leadership used WeChat app to text to each other, overcoming the problems of communicating to a community that speaks boyth Mandarin and Cantonese.
The Chinese voting community will be a force for positive change.
But hold to those swear words! You may need them yet.
I would love to have a brief tutorial on the topic.
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