By Qingyang (Marie) Zhang ’21 and Jean Li Spencer ’21 for Fall 2020 Issue

Dear Readers,

2020 has been a tough year for us all. The SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pan- demic has transformed our lives in previously unimaginable ways. The Asian American community, in particular, has been the target of cases of racial violence following the spread of the virus. In the spring semester, Wellesley sent people home and heralded the era of Zoom classes. The new term system in the fall has also been stressful for many, as have time zone differences.

And yet, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” (as said by Albus Dumbledore, Har- ry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). Perhaps we have been confined to the walls of our room for days on end, or we’ve lost the opportunity to be on campus for a year of our college life. And if you’re a first year, per- haps you’ve never experienced in person college classes. But you must believe that you can get through this. Carpe diem. Need more be said? Our lives may never revert to that of the pre-COVID era, at least for a while, but what you do today counts.

This issue of GenerAsians is very special. Not only is it the first time Gen- erAsians has published amidst a pandemic, it also marks our first digital release. Despite the challenges of being virtual, we have excellent con- tent in store for you, and we would like to specially thank and acknowl- edge the dedicated writers, editors, and layout editors who have made this issue possible. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

Best,
Qingyang (Marie) Zhang & Jean Li Spencer Editors-in-Chief