Thank you for this, Gloria Liou. I also went to Saratoga High (a few years before you) and left the Bay Area right after I graduated from college — I had started to see some of these changes and they made me uncomfortable, so I wanted to start my career away from it all. Now, about six years later, I’ve been contemplating my return “home”. Like you, my family is there and I want to contribute to the community that raised me. I’d like to believe I can join the “trying to improve things” bucket, but I’m afraid of encountering everything you’ve mentioned here and I don’t even know where I’d start after being gone as a lot of these problems have worsened. Thanks for your insights; you’ve given me a lot of food for thought. Wishing you the very best of luck in your next chapter!

Tired in Los Angeles. (Previously: Berkeley, NYC and Mainz, Germany)

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