Trigger warnings: Recording of racial epithets in a voicemail targeting me and other Black, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islanders and queer folks. This is one of my darker posts.   

After high school, I entered college at UC San Diego as a pretty righteous Asian, a Bay Area Asian. I thought I “overcame” racism and discrimination by proving the racists wrong. I immediately ran for office and became the freshman senator for my college. I thought I was done; but in reality my journey was just beginning.

There is a lot to say about San Diego and I do it here. From being a conservative military and border town to Pete Wilson former mayor running for governor, San Diego was no place for a righteous Asian to be. My heart was crushed many times here and yet my experiences in San Diego also lit a fire in my belly — a fire that has never been extinguished.

1994 was the year that the University of California regents proposed the elimination affirmative action. The campus climate was divided among whites and people of color. You could cut the tension with a knife….