Yesterday I went to a local no-frills spa. I booked a massage there for a few, interrelated reasons: supporting a local business, breaking a one-year hiatus from my quarterly massage routine, and releasing some tension that’s accumulated in my body. We’ve endured an entire year of hearing the absolute BS that a country and its people are scapegoated for a pandemic; the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes have been very top of mind in recent months, but what we are born as — my Asian American experience — is a lifetime. …

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