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September 17

2018

[ saving my own life]

It took me a long time to get to where I am now as a writer. I don't mean accomplishments or whatever; I mean, to get to where I am in terms of being comfortable in my own skin and figuring out who I was writing for, etc. I took a lot of wrong turns and for a long time, felt very uncomfortable with being considered an Asian American writer. I wasn't even very comfortable with writing Asian or Asian American characters.

I wrote a piece about this for Epiphany. I was going to write a regular essay but I realized that the person that most needed to hear the things I was going to say was my old self. These are the things I would have told her if I could go back in time. Featuring Kundiman and Eugenia, my bff pictured here.

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