May 19, 2022
- as seen by -Angela Yang
I participated in a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training last week and was reminded of my privileges and challenges, living and working in the slim eclipse of many Venn diagrams.
I started in the field of wildlife conservation when there weren’t many “like” me in this field. I traveled to places in the heart of Africa that had rarely or never seen Asian women, particularly ones that arrived, solo, carrying a backpack and atop a dilapidated pickup truck. And from there, I ended up living and working across five continents, in some of the most achingly beautiful places on Earth.
Curiosity often overcame caution (for all of us). I delighted in conversations to understand how people live, as well as our collective reliance on natural resources for food, water, and shelter whether we live in a hut on a Kenyan beach or a New York City high-rise. And how protecting wildlife isn’t one dimensional, but one that needs those conversations, sitting on a rock in the shadow of a palm tree.
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