I am a temporarily able-bodied, Taiwanese American, cisgender, heterosexual woman. I am also a feminist, an aspiring anti-racist, and an LGBT-ally. I’m politically active, outspoken, and identifiable in the public eye for many reasons. Since 2020, I have been featured, cited, and interviewed in the media on the topic of anti-Asian racism, anti-immigrant sentiments, and the need for cross-racial coalition building. I am also a professor of counseling psychology. I teach, mentor, and advise graduate students. I conduct research to advocate for BIPOC communities and needs.
I believe in naming our privilege and power to make positive change. For example, we can empathize with perpetrators because "hurt people hurt other people." But that doesn't justify hurtful actions. We can still hold people accountable for their behaviors. Similarly, I believe "empowered people empower other people." This is why individual growth is societal growth! I see self-care as a form of community-care.