Watching Dune, I felt myself reminded of several old childhood memories. Paul Atreides was reminiscent of young European explorers from the Age of Discovery, heroes charged with a royal mandate to explore, albeit they ultimately harmed the existing inhabitants of the locations they would visit. These explorers begged the question of why they could have a heroic adulthood filled with travel and adventures, when people like me — young, female, Asian — were told that life’s greatest adventure was to bear children? Growing up these ambitions did not feel acceptable and there were no models I could lean on. Today I try to be one of these models and show young people that the can be the hero of their own stories.
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