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Issue #270 (March 2020) issue cover
Becoming Myself

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Daleelah is self-conscious about her weight until she participates in a girls' empowerment group. There she discovers self-love as a revolutionary act in the face of society’s negative beauty stereotypes. (full text)

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Mocked by her family for not being able to properly hold chopsticks, Claire doesn’t feel Korean enough. A friend validates her feelings. (full text)

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L.V. has to frequently babysit for her sister and resents it until she realizes she has to be a better role model for her younger sibling. (full text)

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Normally outgoing, when Marin moves to New York from Tokyo, she feels shy. She discovers that the different social norms made it difficult for her to adjust. (full text)

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Although Adrian's family was accepting "of queer stuff" they still felt that it was a "disgusting, wrong thing." Finally, they realize no one hated them for being gay but themselves. (full text)

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When this honors student suddenly and inexplicably gets picked on by his principal, he gets so upset, he begins to do poorly in school. Then, the writer takes action. (full text)

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After her brother's arrest, the writer develops depression. Her therapist helps her realize his hardships are not hers, and she comes up with lots of self-care strategies. (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 writer puts up with a guy's on again-off again antics until she is "finally ready to take off my blinders and question his intentions." (full text)

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Converting to Christianity puts the writer's life in danger. But it also helps guide him to safety. (full text)