Li Charmaine Anne
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CW: This story contains violent details of Canadian residential schools that some may find distressing.

I used to be a proud Canadian.

I was proud that, unlike our neighbours to the south, we Canadians have universal healthcare, legal same-sex marriage since 2005, and legal recreational marijuana nationwide since 2018, among…

woman with glasses and pantsuit at table with coffee and laptop, head leaning on hand, thinking look.
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Many of the friends I’ve grown up with have found success in medicine, law, business, engineering — you know, professions society traditionally deem important.

Sometimes, I feel left out and less-than when I’m with my friends and they’re all discussing some complicated, scientific concept. There’s a belief that STEM disciplines…

Black and white old photo of two young Chinese women lounge posing in long, floral gowns, 1910s/1920s style bob haircuts.
Channelling the strength of my ancestors. (Photo provided by author.)

I was sixteen and stuck on a chairlift.

I had just learned how to snowboard and this was another exciting weekend on the local mountain. …

Li Charmaine Anne

(She/They) Author on unceded Coast Salish territories (Vancouver, Canada). At work on first novel. Get links to read my stuff for free: https://bit.ly/2MleRqJ

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