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Typing away on my homework one evening in March, my focus was briefly interrupted by a new phone notification. In one unsuspecting glance, I read a headline that made my heart drop; the trauma of being a gun violence survivor hit me in yet another wave. As much as I wanted to cry, to act, to react somehow—the worst part was that I felt like I couldn’t. I was too conditioned to brush away everything I ever experienced as an Asian American. It’s been six months since the hate-fueled mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia on March 16, 2021. Eight people…

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