Editor’s Notes: On AAPI Heritage Month 2021

An inside look, just for A+ members, from Autostraddle's editors on the process, struggles, and surprises of working on what you're reading on the site. We learn so much from this work before it ever even makes it to your eyes; now you can, too!

The last time I did anything remotely like this was fifteen years ago, when I edited my high school's literary journal. And then I graduated, set my sights on other pursuits and stopped writing.

But, now, I've found my way back.

Fifteen years ago, I had deeply disconnected myself from being Asian. By that point, I had long stopped watching Bollywood movies, hated eating Indian food and never told anyone I was obsessed with anime. The notion that I might actually be queer was beyond anything I could possibly imagine. So, I can't help but smile, albeit a little sadly, that what's pulled me back into this world of writing and editing is my desire to make sure that the stories of queer and trans Asians and Pacific Islanders are tol...

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