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Li Charmaine Anne
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[Updated: 15 April 2021]

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I am currently on hiatus. I just…


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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. …


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Hi! I’m Charmaine :) I list my surname first in my bylines. You can call me Charmaine or Sharkii, which is the nickname a friend gave to me in Grade 6 that has stuck.

My Backstory

Since I was three, I’ve lived on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples …


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I’ve met a surprising number of new people over the last year and a half.

Yes, that year. The year we spent crouching over our computers talking at people in screens when clothing below the waist was optional.

As a very short person (4’11”), this has been interesting. …


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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…


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In October 2019, I left a well-paid, full-time content marketing job to freelance for a year and a half.

In April 2021, I left freelancing and went back to being a full-time, nine-to-five content marketer.

Over the past year and a half, I’ve cycled through a lot of feelings.


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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…


When I was in Grade 7, my 2nd year in a new school, I was suddenly pulled out of English class and made to do an ESL (English as a Second Language) evaluation for "kids who recently moved to Canada." I was born and raised in Canada. I had never…


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Obligatory Preface: I am not a healthcare professional and this article should not be taken as medical advice. For accurate information on nutrition, fitness, and Covid-19, visit the CDC website.

[Edit 21 March 2021] This piece is getting some traction, which is awesome, but I want to clarify that a)…

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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