MINHAE SHIM ROTH
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"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."
I'm a writer, reporter, and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I write 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.
"While discrimination against BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities has existed in our country for centuries, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain and countless other Black people by police has increased the urgency for everyone to work together to address and dismantle racist systems. All of us can help by actively becoming anti-racist."
"Overall, the remake is a proud moment—while the movie didn't exactly hit all of my high expectations, seeing Asian people act out a story of an Asian woman's resistance was emotional. It felt like an affirmation for me and every nontraditional Asian American. For Mulan purists, the remake might not be what they expected—but as an Asian American rebel, I felt seen."
"I come from two different cultures, Korean and American, and it's important to me to pass both languages onto my son. But it hasn't been easy. As a Korean American heritage speaker married to a white American, it's more comfortable for me to speak English at home and in other environments. But I have been determined to teach my son."
"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?'"