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Growing up, I always felt like there was a taboo of four explicit “no-nos” in regards to having conversation with others: race, politics, religion and money.

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This year I battled with clinical depression and it changed my life. I was confronted with some of my darkest demons. I felt out of touch with reality and my identity.

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Past years have proven that there is no blueprint to winning the presidential election. The election season never fails to surprise us.

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the recent racially charged discrimination towards the Asian-American community due to the COVID-19 pandemic, below are several crucial, historical AAPI figures who have shaped America today.