Welcome to Episode One of “Hope is the thing…”
We kickoff this podwith Tess and Sarah, Suffolk Community College students and anime lovers. Sarah was Anime Club president at the school from 2015-16, where she met Tess. Since then, together the two have been close friends after having bonded over their shared love of anime (of course) and their experiences growing up as Asian adoptees on Long Island.
In this episode, Tess and Sarah share their stories and journeys towards self-acceptance, racism and embracing their heritage by promoting anime’s popularity at school, through education and spreading awareness of Asian/Asian American cultures and the adoptee experience on Long Island, NY.
Note: Listeners may want to turn up the volume as this conversation took place at Patchogue’s Roast Coffee and Tea, hence the roasting machine noise in the background.
Photo courtesy of Tess S. – From left to right, Sarah and Tess at a movie theatre