Stronger together

Your greatest contribution to the world may not be something you do but who you raise.
This quote seems to be widely attributed to a pastor, and it stuck with me all day.

I grew up in a predominantly white city in Tennessee. When I was younger, I wished I were white so I could fit in. I was tired of being asked if I was Hispanic, Hawaiian, or Oriental (cringe). I went along with—and welcomed—Asian jokes to feel accepted, but I was ashamed of doing so.

It wasn’t until college, where I was exposed to more diverse backgrounds, that I became comfortable with my Filipina heritage. But, given my desire to go into journalism, I (usually) refused to publicly state my opinion about current events and stayed neutral.

I did the same this week, as #BlackoutTuesday took over the internet. Instead of posting a black square on Instagram, I drafted this blog post.

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Describe Yourself in 3 Fictional Characters

For the past two days, I’ve quietly enjoyed my friends analyze themselves with the “describe yourself in three fictional characters” game that has spread across the internet. Instead of cleaning house for my in-laws’ arrival this weekend, I pressed myself to answer the question.

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