April 5, 2021
“I speak your language with no accent. I erased my ancestors’ name with no traces. I covered myself to show less skin. I scoffed at my parents’ culture to fit into yours, and yet, you spit in my face. You say I don’t belong. You call me foreigner. You cut off my legs and you expect me to walk.”
—Minority by Astrid Suu
I DESERVE TO FEEL SAFE.
MY FEELINGS ARE VALID.
MY VOICE MATTERS.
Dear Asian brothers and sisters,
This is your permission slip to DO LESS right now. Take a nap. Go on a walk. Binge watch Never Have I Ever on Netflix. Eat cozy food. Don’t forget, self care is a form of activism.
Please educate yourself on what’s going on.
Please offer time off.
Please be flexible with deadlines.
Please amplify Asian voices.
Please validate Asian experiences.
Please support Asian-owned businesses.
Please gift massages, self-care packages, food deliveries, laundry services, childcare.
Please make it easier for us to take care of ourselves and our families.
The Asian American community is hurting. No one is listening. We are tired. If you’re looking for organizations to donate to, here are a few to start (courtesy of the Asian Hustle Network):
WARM AND FUZZIES
Alan Kim Wins a Critics Choice Award
Let’s take a minute from all of the turmoil to CELEBRATE Asian Americans with the sweetest video you ever did see. Minari hit me in my feels. The relationship between David, portrayed by Alan Kim, and his grandmother had me drenched in tears. So much love for the cast of this beautiful and moving movie! Congratulations to the sweetest pumpkin there ever was on his Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer. We are HERE for tears of joy and being emotional!
OBSESSION OF THE WEEK
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Self-care is so important when going through periods of deep sadness and grieving, but it can be hard to know where to start when you already feel so depleted. Here’s an idea for how to treat yourself, your sister or your BFF to some yummy self care while supporting a kickass Asian-owned business at the same time!
MONTHLY HAPPENINGS: FEATURES + EVENTS
Not Your Average Mother Runner Podcast: Freeing Yourself From Perfectionism
Tina Lifford: Instagram Live
Women In Our Town: Lean-in and burnout: Perfectionism in Corporate Women
Happy first month of spring loves,