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

I spent a lot of my life ignoring and minimizing the shame I felt about my eczema. Instead, I went about life without dealing with the emotional consequences. It’s surprising how much shame around body image can affect our self-esteem, even when we know it shouldn’t.

Learning a vocabulary for how to talk about my experience of shame has been life-changing. I share this piece of my journey in the hope that, for others, it lessens the power of that which we hide and cover up.

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