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Issue #265 (January/February 2019) issue cover
Room for All of Me...Room for All of Us

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“When I tried creating black characters, it felt forced. I worried about creating racist clichés,” writes Savannah. (full text)

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The writer wants to feel accepted by her friend group so she accentuates the Puerto Rican side of her identity although she feels uncomfortable doing so. (full text)

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Gabby writes about her journey from feeling "ashamed of the dark body hair that I associated with being Latina and non-white," to being proud of her Ecuadorian identity. (full text)

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The writer feels negative attitudes toward immigrants has dramatically worsened since Trump was elected president. (full text)

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After she begins struggling with her own mental health, Gaby explores the Black community’s stigma around seeking professional help. (full text)

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When Jessica begins taking shifts at her parents’ Chinese restaurant, she feels shame and resentment but she eventually appreciates the value of persistence and hard work that the job teachers her.
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The writer is abandoned by her mother in China, and must learn to accept her new life in the U.S. "It’s like I’m a towel that’s wet and heavy with depression, and writing and therapy are the two hands that twist and wring the water out," she writes. (full text)

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Natalie struggles to control her anxiety and depression, but it isn’t until she seeks help from teachers, parents, and friends, that she’s able to access the resources she needs to feel better. (full text)

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Readers provide opinion, advice, and ideas to authors who contributed to previous issues. (full text)

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The stress of being complicit in her sister's lies about continuing to see an abusive boyfriend begins to wear on the writer and she self-harms. (full text)

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Volunteering as an art teacher in an after school program helped Anaiss discover her calling. (full text)
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