Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

After months of isolation, I wanted to reclaim a sense of normalcy. But on the rare occasions I’ve dipped my toes into “normal” life, I’ve found that familiar spaces now seem foreign, and my gauge of what is “safe” can no longer be trusted. I’ve wondered: Would it be too easy to slip back into old social patterns, or could I create new boundaries during this pandemic?

Teaching in the pandemic is tough. But after a whole year, there are important takeaways.

I run high-school art classes online and in person

I used to feel ashamed crying in public. Now I embrace it every time.

In 2020, I started keeping my ‘crying diaries’

I used to laugh off anti-Asian jokes. Now, I will stick up for myself every time.

It’s been too easy to downplay racism in the past