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Tonight, my Chinese family and I will be at a restaurant in Brooklyn’s Chinatown eating fried tofu and Peking duck while Donald J. If you told me a year ago that we would be commiserating banquet-style while an internet troll was sworn in as president, I would have snorted derisively into my illegal shark fin soup.
Erica Dixon, a science writer in Washington, wore a “Nasty Woman” ring and held up a sign across from the Trump Hotel reading “The future is feminist as f—.” While she voted for Hillary Clinton, she readily accepted the role white women played in this election. This is what made marching up downtown’s Market Street, from the train station to the Arch, so thrilling today: Everywhere I turned, there were thousands and thousands and thousands of fellow progressives, and they — we — were singing and chanting and cheering because we share a belief in civil rights and democracy.
I never learned to speak the language, or even use chopsticks.
Disney’s “Mulan” felt like a caricature of every stereotype I was teased about in school.
But they didn’t have a concrete plan for how to continue their political engagement after this weekend is over. “We can’t go home and go back to business as usual, because it’s serious,” she said.
Linda Dougall traveled to Washington from Oakland, Calif.