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.]