An illustration by mailinhstudio shows a young Asian woman wearing a mask, surrounded by text with racial slurs and microaggressions.
Illustration by mailinhstudio

Last Tuesday, a white gunman in Atlanta, Georgia targeted Asian-owned businesses and killed 8 victims, 6 of whom were Asian women. The sadness of this tragedy has been sitting heavy in my body throughout the week, especially after months of reporting (mostly in Asian-centred media and resources, rarely in mainstream media) about anti-Asian racism during the pandemic. I've been retweeting and sharing information in between bouts of crying on the couch since the shooting. At the same time, I've been reluctant to speak about my own experiences until now. The instinct to always be the model minority, to brush things off and keep my head down and quietly succeed, runs strong.


Solo Lisa Reads: February 2021

Book covers for the 9 books featured in this post, including: 1. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson; 2. The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams; 3. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord; 4. Eat A Peach by David Chang; 5. If Only by Kate Eberlen; 6. Self Care by Leigh Stein; 7. The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim; 8. White Ivy by Susie Yang; and 9. Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

My reading habits took a post-New-Year nosedive. Work dominated for 3 weeks, and after the anxiety and adrenaline of meeting my big January deadline wore off, I found to my dismay that I had the attention span of a goldfish. Some of the books on this list date back to Christmas break, but I stand by all the recommendations here wholeheartedly. Do you see anything here you want to add to your reading list?


2020 Reflections and 2021 Goals

Black and white selfie of Vancouver beauty and lifestyle blogger Solo Lisa

A very belated Happy New Year to you all, dear readers! I did not anticipate publishing my annual reflections/goals post so late into 2021. We had a very safe and cozy COVID Christmas where we had a prime rib dinner, watched a lot of TV and movies, slept, and went for long walks when the weather permitted. But as soon as Christmas vacation ended, it was back to work; I spent the next three weeks consumed with a huge deadline. Now that the deadline has passed though, I'm glad to have a chance to sit down and write this post.

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