While donations, petitions, and social media challenges are generally well-intended and positive things, they are short term in nature. In practice, however, this won’t solve the underlying issues.

Rather, now’s an important time to reflect on our own behaviours, beliefs, and biases (whatever they may be) and spark dialogue amongst our communities of POC and non-POC.

The rise of xenophobia, nationalism, pc culture etc. has fostered an environment where honest conversations are at times scary and hard to come by. So creating spaces where we feel comfortable to openly dissect and debate what’s happening is important.

Contrary to what our…


Three years ago, I attended a venture capital firm’s annual meeting — an event where the company updates limited partners and portfolio companies alike on their investment and management strategy moving forward. One of their segments was on win rates. A company’s win rate represents the number of deals they successfully secure or “win” when competing with another firm in a funding round. By definition, you’d think every company would strive for a win rate of 100%, so you can understand my confusion when the VC firm stated they were targeting a win-rate far below that. At first, this seemed…


It’s now been a month since I’ve come back from Malaysia, and this is long overdue. Readjusting to my life back home was difficult, but in hindsight, this was merely a facet of trying to re-ground myself given how much I had changed.

Now, when I think back on my time in Asia, I feel I can finally pinpoint the shift that transpired: I stopped understanding and started internalizing my privilege. Understanding vs. internalizing was a concept first introduced to me by Sawyer, my third housemate who unexpectedly quit his job to pursue music and sleep on my bedroom floor…


*This blog was originally written on July 15th

Today is my 57th day living in Asia. A lot has happened. A lot has changed. In the past month, since my last post, I’ve found it significantly more difficult to derive explicit takeaways from the experience. Perhaps that in itself is a commentary on how I’ve transitioned from the honeymoon phase to the critical adjustment stage of culture shock, spurred by a couple of things. For one, I settled into Kuala Lumpur — my city of residence until mid-August. I also started working at Grab and quickly found my routine, as…


“Those women just asked what a white person is doing here” my Malaysian co-worker translates for me as we walk through a local Bazaar on a small, rural island in Northern Malaysia. I laugh, as each passerby continues to glare at me with an equal mix of confusion, interest, and distrust. I ignore them, partly because I’m uncomfortable, but more so because I’m used to it. Since arriving, I’ve gotten my fair share of stares, points, pictures taken, and even the occasional face grab (courtesy of an elderly Chinese lady). Despite being mildly invasive at times, I don’t hold it…

Liat Fainman-Adelman

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