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A thought experiment: think about all the books you've ever read — for academic purposes or in your personal life, from the pictures books read to you to the books you read now. How long would it take to read enough books by POC to match the number of White authors you've read?
As a POC, AAPI, Filipina American, I have always looked for mirrors in books, anywhere and everywhere. Spring Moon by Bette Bao Lord and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan were important books for me as a teen—and I am not Chinese or Chinese American. But they still resonated with me.
As an English major in college, I took every multicultural literature class offered. When I read WEB DuBois's concept of 'double-consciousness' everything clicked. I knew what he was meant. I continued to read as much as I could by authors from marginalized communities.
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