I have decided from white people I don’t know I definitely appreciate a sort of formal distance. When some of you act overly casual it tips easily into a banter that feels, well, microaggressive tbh. Also I come from a culture where etiquette is tied to self-preservation.
Like sustained intense eye contact to a lot of you feels respectful but no one in my family expects or wants it from people we don’t know.
My dad often insists on being called Dr or Prof from strangers & I used to roll my eyes. But he was traumatized by his entry to the US: Boston & MIT culture, decades ago. His horror stories of how white students & professors treated him never left him. He trusts few Americans.
I hope “when things get back to normal”™️ we never act out as physically as before. Bowing is super nice! Let’s bow! 🤩
*pauses in covid isolation* IF you are one of my crushes tho I insist you tackle me with hugs & overwhelm me with kisses & cross every boundary & make me consider getting a restraining order 😍

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This is a deeply unsafe sick country. Not because of our citizens. But our leadership. This is incredibly scary.
As much as I admire the protestors I honestly feel torn now & would beg them to stay home. This is a trap—they are going to be imprisoned or killed, those are the choices. I don’t want to see you beautiful wonderful people be the ones to lose your lives while Tr*mp & co carry on
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