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 have less time for my friendships as an adult. That makes each interaction more meaningful.

The small gestures have been a pillar of maintaining my relationships

Sometimes, it’s nice to be alone. Here’s how cartoonist Dami Lee spends time with herself.

An excerpt from ‘Be Everything At Once’

Nia Wilson’s death was an emotional trigger for me. What would happen if I were attacked?

Black women deserve better