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

It frustrates me when people come to conclusions about me without knowing who I am.

People often interact with me like they have preconceived notions of who I am.

It comes with the territory of being a woman, of being Asian American and of being a service worker. They confidently assume that I’m a quiet and introverted girl after knowing me for three hours, when my closer friends know that I like to tease others and never shut up about topics I’m passionate about. Or they ignore my presence, as though I’m invisible.

The older I get, the more distinctly aware I am of this treatment.

I used makeup as a shield. Here’s why — and how I learned to stop.

Leaving home with a bare face was terrifying at first

‘Endometriosis is so much worse than a bad period’

My 14-year journey with the illness, in comic form

Something terrifying happened to me. I miss the person I used to be before trauma.

I long for the old me, who used to laugh easily