Racism is a Virus Part II: REQUIRED Research

As disgusted as I am that we’re nearly a year into this pandemic, I’m even more so at the ongoing attacks against the Asian American community. While xenophobia towards Asian Americans is nothing new in this country, there’s been a spike in attacks over the past year in response to the surge of COVID-19 cases. From March 19th-December 31st of last year, Stop AAPI Hate had 2,808 reports of hate crimes collected (a thorough breakdown of this data can be found here). Continue reading “Racism is a Virus Part II: REQUIRED Research”

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7 Years of Lola By the Bay and 2020 Year in Review

A part of me has always found it perplexing that I chose to start up my website at the end of a year. I sometimes wonder, “Why not have waited one more week until you were in the new year before finally starting it?” Well, seven years later, I look back on that decision and I think it worked out, actually. I get to both acknowledge the formation of this constantly growing website and look back on the past year in one go… and… well…. needless to say, this is quite a year to look back on. Continue reading “7 Years of Lola By the Bay and 2020 Year in Review”

Black Lives Matter: Resources and Support

It’s not one of my typical weekly posts, but I honestly find it hard to write about anything else right now aside from what’s happening and is continuing to happen in the Black community. If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you already know what I’m feeling and how badly I want things to change. I’m doing my part, and I hope you will too. Here are a few places to start: Continue reading “Black Lives Matter: Resources and Support”

An Open Letter to the March for Our Lives Participants

To the participants in the 800+ Marches for Our Lives happening all over the world today:

You shouldn’t have to be doing this. You shouldn’t have to make a statement that you just want to live life without fearing for your end by an AR-15. Those who actually spearheaded today’s movement – the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting – should be mourning their fallen classmates and staff, healing from this gut-wrenching experience, and focus on getting readjusted to school. If you wanted to take it a step further, the shooting – or any of the mass shootings for that matter – shouldn’t have happened. There should be a lot less broken families in this country and more loved ones still among us. Continue reading “An Open Letter to the March for Our Lives Participants”

From Within the Mind: Influences

In honor of the three months since An Absolute Mind came out, this month, I shall be doing a weekly series of behind-the-scenes glimpses at the process and the decisions made with the creation of the novel. Be careful for potential spoilers if you haven’t read it yet, and I hope you enjoy. (NOTE: While today is the last Saturday of the month, this isn’t the last post of the series. I have one more after this that will be released tomorrow.)
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