15 Minutes of Fame?
In late April, someone from US Figure Skating reached out to me via email. Little did I know, but the former chair of the Adult Skating Committee and another adult committee member had recommended me as a feature for AAPI month. After deciding on a time to meet, I sat down for a 30-minute Zoom call with the writer and had a great conversation.
I fully expected to be included as part of a series of articles showcasing other Asian-American skaters. In fact, I thought that I might be mentioned in a single article with 4 or 5 other athletes. Boy, was I wrong.
One day, I got a ping from my good from S who notified me that my article was up. Apparently it was on the FRONT PAGE as the feature article on usfigureskating.org! In addition, my story was on all their social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As you’ll see in the photo above, even former Ladies National Champion, Karen Chen, reshared the story (her family is also from Taiwan).
I was hesitant to share this with you all because I’m not here for fame. In fact, I’m quite the opposite – I’d rather lurk in the shadows than be in the spotlight. However, my story is an important one that I am hoping will spark a conversation. If you are not a minority, please don’t assume things about those people who are. You never knew who might be struggling or has struggled in the past. Racial inequality and racism are every occurrences, but we can do something about it.
You can read the article here.