Spotlight: “Reflections on My Quiet Nature”

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Living in an extrovert-oriented society, I’ve always struggled to accept my own introverted nature. This comic tells the story of how being introverted caused me to have self-doubts about my identity while growing up. I eventually overcame this shame, but I still feel the need to prove myself to others who might perceive me negatively due to my shyness. Oftentimes, people overlook introverts—I hope this comic can empower other introverts who may relate to the struggles I detail, as well as inform extroverts of some of the challenges introverts face.

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Sam Nakahira is a Grinnell College graduate and MFA student at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Her comics have been published by Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Spiralbound, and Popula. She is editor-in-chief of Threads that Connect Us, a comics anthology for AAPI artists. She writes about things that interest her: food, relationships, history, and her observations about daily living. A major theme of her historical and nonfiction comics is giving credit to many Asian Americans for their historical contributions to the US. She self-published a graphic novel around the history of a Japanese American food retailer named Bill Fujimoto. More from this author →