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On the first day of this new year, I wrote My Interview About Being Hapa That Never Got Published. It was a recount of my media experience being stereotyped and pigeonholed, partitioned and divided, misunderstood and unheard. But it was also an ode to a hopeful future in which people will be willing to have the hard conversations. The ones we still avoid having. The ones about power and pain, the past and the present. Yes, I'm talking about race. How we stubbornly persist on assigning value to a person and their life, based on the way they look. Despite my attempts to challenge the racial assumptions of the writer/editor pre-publishing, 5 days ago the article (in which I was not included due to my error) went live on Asian Fortune. When I saw the headline, "Growing Up Half Asian American: Curse or Gift?" -- my heart sank into my stomach.