MINHAE SHIM ROTH
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"It’s been described variously as a cave dwelling, a wizard’s house, an Italian hill town, Petra and a Moorish palace. It’s been called La Fortalezza, El Jardin and, simply, Telegraph Haste Student Housing. Finally, after sitting vacant for several decades, and after a long-running battle with the city of Berkeley, the lot known as 2501-2509 Haste St. is now occupied by an eclectic, mixed-use building named Enclave Dormitories."
I'm a writer, reporter, and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I write personal essays, features, and reported articles for national magazines and local newspapers. I also work on book projects and academic journal articles.
I've written for national outlets like Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and Shondaland, along with local ones like Berkeleyside and Miami New Times. I’ve interviewed notable people like Patti Smith, Michelle Buteau, Aly Raisman, and Ed Asner.
I'm also a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley. When I'm not at my desk, you can find me running around with my husband and son.
"An estimated 10 percent of women in the United States deal with infertility. For those trying to conceive, companies that offer fertility benefits are becoming incredibly enticing. 'Women of childbearing age are now looking at a company’s fertility coverage and what type of leave policy they have, and it’s impacting their choices on a job they would take,' says Tania Paredes, Ph.D."
MIAMI NEW TIMES
“Writing is such a strong impulse. I always take a notebook and pen with me. I often find myself at an opera, writing in the dark. It’s hard to unravel what I’ve written because I’ve written word over word. Inspiration can come from anywhere."
"There’s a concept of noble martyrdom in parenting: the delusion that the more you sacrifice yourself—your money, time, and sanity—the greater parent you are. I heard guilt-inducing voices compiled from baby books, television, and family members whisper, 'How can you spend that much money on a purse when it could go toward a supply of diapers?'"
"Making progress to battle colorism has positive implications for all those who’ve been criticized and marginalized for who they are. If we can respect people of different colors, we can respect people of different races, of different sexual identities, of different abilities, and different predispositions. Celebrating all colors within an ethnicity or race tells people with darker skin tones that they are beautiful, seen, and respected."