HAPPY ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AWARENESS MONTH!
I’m smiling today because my article, “How Writing Helped Me to Explore My Filipino-American Heritage,” was published in Captivating Magazine ! CAPTIVATING is a magazine that seeks to empower people with disabilities. The goal of the magazine is to show that people with disabilities, such as sight loss, can continue to live full and complete lives. I’m so happy to be included in this project.
In this article, I share about how writing my first chapbook helped to give me the confidence to write my first novel. The things that make us different are what can give us unique voices as writers. I hope you will check it out!
I have reblogged it here for your convenience but you will have to click the “read more tab,” to see the entire article. The article includes image descriptions. There is also an option to have the article read aloud to you by an electronic voice.
By: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland, B.S. English Ed. & M.Div.
I was in my junior year of college when I experienced an encounter with racism that will stick with me for the rest of my life. One of my classmates took my journal and read it without my permission. When I demanded that he return it to me, he responded, “I don’t see how you think you can be a writer when you don’t even speak English.”
“What do you mean?” I replied. “I’m an English major!”
“English isn’t your first language. Although I have to admit, you speak it surprisingly well for someone who’s not even an American.”
“I was born in Virginia! English is the only language I speak!”
“That doesn’t matter,” he said as he looked directly into my eyes. “It’s not your language. Your language is- what is it they…
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