For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month of 2016, I decided to ask people from the community to share a picture and a caption of themselves. I gave everyone free reign in their content in an effort to portray the individual thoughts and lives of our community. The response was extraordinary and I shared a story every day for the month of May. My hope was to break down the stereotypes and invisibility of our community by showcasing the diversity in passions, careers, age, sexuality, and gender identity and a variety of backgrounds, whether adopted, mixed, 1st generation or immigrant. I was moved by the brave people who let me share their stories and the many who followed along on my Facebook, tumblr (, and Instagram.