Author’s notes: A brief reflection on recent news. As an Asian creator who immigrated to Canada at a very young age, who is inspired by and also incorporates many aspects of Asian culture and philosophy into my work, a lot is hitting super close to home and breaking my heart. I’ve made donations to CanadaHelps’ Asian Solidarity Fund and Anti-Racism Fund, and I’m continuing to do what I love and supporting what I believe in, which is that openness and respectful sharing of different cultures and backgrounds enriches and makes our existence colourful and wonderful. Please support your local Asian community – creators, small businesses, charitable organizations, and more – in the ways that you can. It’s both big and little things, what people think and say and do – that help create a positive, welcoming environment and hopeful future. Thank you all so much, and please stay safe.
♥ Maiji (April 5, 2021)