Stories are much more than entertainment. They help us construct our personal and community identities by helping us make sense of our realities, develop notions of history, morality, and beauty…in short, what it means to be human. Stories can give us peeks into realities far from ourselves in time and geography, as well as culture and perspective, imparting important lessons about our shared human condition.
This is why I am passionate about supporting diversity in storytelling. Reading stories that challenge the dominant narratives can subvert existing power dynamics by facilitating empathy, opening minds and thereby increasing our understanding of our complex world populated with people with stories of their own to tell. I consider it my life’s work to empower these voices through teaching, writing/editing and localization.