My last Life Lately post was in May. Here’s a little bit of what’s been going on with me since then. This post will be more reflective than others from this series. Can you tell by this cringey photo of me from when I was about 16 or 17?
This is probably the understatement of my life, but I talk about being an immigrant a lot. It’s such a defining part of who I am, and I don’t know that I would be able to see the world as I do if I didn’t have that firsthand experience. Lately, I’ve been having to face my identity head-on. From Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, to politics, and even Beyoncé’s latest work, I’m reminded everyday that my identity is complex.
The Season’s Changing It’s pretty close to feeling like spring around here. I’m liking it a lot, although, I don’t think we had that much of a winter. Anchorage is really starting to feel like a true Pacific Northwest town, with bits of snow here and there but nothing that lasts. In recent years, the snow has been less dense and a lot more wet and slushy. Winter as I knew it is only a distant memory from my childhood — it’s sad. Not even the mountains are completely covered.
Daylight come and me wanna go home… I think Alaska is the only place I’ve ever been where people actually count how many hours and minutes there are of daylight during the winter. And, on top of that, how many seconds of daylight we gain every day as spring approaches. You really do notice that after a long winter. I looked out of my office window the other day and couldn’t believe that there was still a bit of daylight past 5:00pm. I’ve always tried to explain to people how daylight works here in the winter and summer (we have 24+ hours of daylight in the summer), but you just have to live here or visit to understand. I’m sort of done explaining. Ha!
SH SH SHAKE My brother sent me this photo after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit southcentral Alaska over the weekend. I was in bed when it hit, and I was jolted wide awake. Living on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” I’m used to earthquakes — big and small. However, this one lasted quite a long time, longer than I remember any earthquake. We did have a small one a couple weeks back, it was really small and I only swayed back and forth in my chair while I was sitting at my desk. I do remember being in an earthquake after-hours at my old job, on the 19th floor of the 3rd tallest building in the city. That was an experience. I’m just glad that after all of this, everyone is safe. Although, I can’t help but think that we’ve just had too many earthquakes these past few years. It sort of scares me, even if I feel totally prepared for them.