After 6,603 hate incidents reported in little over a year, a fatal shooting in Atlanta, and the celebration of Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month, we have reached the end of mainstream media’s interest in API topics.
But just because the heat of the moment has died down, it doesn’t mean support for the API community and collective activism should too.
This past year has shown us what ‘too late’ looks like — what could happen if we don’t recognize harm and respond and prevent it.
It wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t even good-looking. I had given up on it. I wasn’t even going to put a filling in it. They were cracked and all different shapes and sizes, some rising more than others — imperfect.
But I felt the need to give it the same attention as I would to any perfection. Any perfection that had come out just as I had wanted it to: beautifully picture-perfect and delicious.
They deserved it. They were worthy of it.
As a first-generation college student and persxn of color, Kai Schelly faced challenges when he first attended the University of California, Berkeley (Cal) in 2019.
Almost a year later, Schelly, a rising second-year studying molecular cell biology and applied mathematics, found support from Mixed @ Berkeley Recruitment & Retention Center (MRRC), one of seven different recruitment & retention centers (RRCs) that form bridges, a multicultural resource center at Cal.
(she/they) Media Studies & Journalism student at UC Berkeley