Blogging Bites: On Identity, Narrative, Academia, and More


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On identity and empathy

Photo by Don Hankins (CC BY 2.0)Photo by Don Hankins (CC BY 2.0)

We chatted with Liz Lin, a critic of politics and contemporary culture at The Salt Collective, about identity and growing up as Asian American, as well as race and ethnicity in America:

Looking back, I was generally happy growing up in the Midwest, but it was a difficult place to work out my Asian American identity. For me, it was hard to be a visible minority without a vocabulary to understand my experiences or people to process them with. But in retrospect, I’m grateful that I went through this — both because it made me think seriously about race and ethnicity from an early age and because being different taught me empathy. I constantly…

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