Editor’s Letter: Love Issue (Spring 2021)
If you’re anything like me, the messaging you got from your family around romantic relationships was … confusing, at best.
I wasn’t allowed to date before college. (Though I did end up in a funny little … Not A Relationship … junior year that I promptly wrecked. When I brought my first boyfriend home, my dad asked if maybe I shouldn’t concentrate on my studies more — thankfully not in front of said boyfriend). Then immediately upon graduation, the conversation turned to, “So when are you getting married?”
But the darker side to these contradictory messages was that I somehow wasn’t complete without a husband. That I couldn’t be happy as a single. That marriage would somehow magically fix everything.
Reader, it did not.
As a matter of fact, it wasn’t until I swore off dating completely and learned to enjoy my own company that I was able to hold down a functional relationship at all. I wish someone had told me that years before I figured it out. (Then again, maybe I wouldn’t have listened to anyone else.)
In this spring issue about love, we cover outfits for virtual dates and fun romance novels, but also thornier topics like Asian fetishes and how to recover from the end of a long-term relationship. We hope to inspire Asian American women to love who they are, regardless of relationship status.
Thanks as always for joining us!
Jennifer Duann Fultz
Editor in Chief