Breaking My Own Silence

“I come from many tribes — immigrant, introvert, working class, Korean, female, public school, Queens, Presbyterian. Growing up, I never knew that people like me could write books or talk in public. To this day, I worry that if I mess up, others like me might not be asked or allowed. This is how outsiders and newcomers feel. It is neither rational nor fair. I know.“

“I come from many tribes — immigrant, introvert, working class, Korean, female, public school, Queens, Presbyterian. Growing up, I never knew that people like me could write books or talk in public. To this day, I worry that if I mess up, others like me might not be asked or allowed. This is how outsiders and newcomers feel. It is neither rational nor fair. I know.“


By Min Jin Lee / May 20, 2019 / NYTimes

[RP: Here’s a rare heartfelt sharing of what a newcomer can experience. Walk a mile in these shoes. Reminds us that people are fragile — even in the best of circumstances — and that we usually don’t live in the ‘best of circumstances”. It’s from this understanding that we can appreciate each other’s resilience & dignity. ]

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