I’ve never quite fit the image of stereotypical masculinity in America. Growing up, I was short and scrawny; a shy, nervous kid. I liked computers. I was foreign. A perfect recipe for bullying.

Even in my adult life, some of those things still apply. I’m still short. I still get social anxiety. Asian men are still emasculated in popular media.

In the past, all this caused me so much pain. I really struggled with my own image; I hated who I was, and would have done anything to be anyone else.

But today, I’m thankful for that pain. It’s given…

Kevin Boodtama

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