Did you learn pineapple makes a pizza Hawaiian? A Hawaiian shirt is a kitschy floral button-down only your middle-aged uncle wears? That Aloha translates to hello and goodbye, respectively? You’re not technically wrong on some of those. But let’s zhoosh up your cultural literacy.
It’s Asian Pacific American Heritage month. And while that encompasses the entire Asian continent, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia — May 1st was Lei Day, one of the biggest cultural celebrations in Hawai’i. So I’d love to share how we might better honor America’s 50th state.
I’m a “hapa” girl (meaning, I’m mixed-race Asian Pacific Islander). I…
As a child, I was an overachiever, a go-getter, a mover, and shaker… It’s a reputation that, into adulthood, I’ve become comfortable with and often enjoy. But today, I’m coming clean.
In fifth grade, I failed math.
When my mother found out, she marched down to the teacher’s office to find out why. Her solace? “It’s perfectly normal. Girls just aren’t as good at math.”
In today’s tech industry, it’s not enough to have software that works. You need software that’s intuitive, beautiful, and has great content. That next-level product requires a magical team of designers, researchers, developers, and one craft you may still be getting to know: UX writers.
Not sure what a UX writer is? Open your favorite app. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Take a look at all the words across its buttons, headers, and notifications. A person wrote all that. If the company took their user experience—and content—seriously, that person was a professional UX writer. (Okay, maybe I don’t have to convince…
If she’d listen,
I’d tell her that she is my one true moon.
And my tides sway
To all the rhythms she taught me.
She is my direct line
To our female ancestors.
And I hope to be the daughter
She hoped for when she was my age.
I’d tell her, but Mama never takes compliments well.