On Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Soo Jin Lee and Linda Yoon as they discuss and sign their new book, Where I Belong: Healing Trauma and Embracing Asian American Identity, in conversation with Judy Tsuei. Soo Jin Lee, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, executive director of Yellow Chair Collective, and cofounder of Entwine Community. As a previously undocumented Asian immigrant who struggled to access mental healthcare, she brings a unique perspective to her work. Lee has a degree in fine arts, and creativity plays an essential role in her personal and therapeutic process. When she's not spending quality time with her family, she can often be found exploring nature on a hiking trail or offering expert guidance in psychotherapy to individuals and groups alike. Linda Yoon, LCSW, is a licensed therapist and social worker who has dedicated her career to helping people along their healing journey find a sense of belonging. As a survivor of C-PTSD and having received a late adult diagnosis of ADHD, Linda is passionate about serving Asian American communities, survivors of violence, and those who are neurodivergent. Growing up, Linda was drawn to yellow, which symbolizes resilience, joy, and hope. This deep personal connection inspired her to name her founding practice Yellow Chair Collective. She is also a cofounder of Entwine Community. Linda currently resides in Los Angeles with her spouse, Mathew, and her furry companion, Mini, who has been by her side for eighteen years.
Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.
Where I Belong shows how a unique cycle of trauma can play out in relationships, placing Asian American experiences front and center to help process and heal from racial and intergenerational trauma.
Coauthors Soo Jin Lee and Linda Yoon are licensed therapists who witnessed firsthand how mental health issues often went unaddressed not only in their own immigrant families, but in Asian and Asian American communities. Lee and Yoon are co-directors of Yellow Chair Collective, providing therapy to clients of diverse backgrounds with an emphasis on serving the Asian American community. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of their practice, and they’ve successfully created a safe, affirming space that allows individuals to dig deep into all the pieces that make them who they are. The Yellow Chair Collective and Where I Belong were created to make these resources more accessible and to dismantle the pervasive stigma around seeking help, particularly in the Asian community.
During the pandemic (and ensuing anti-Asian hate) requests poured in asking for support in coping with grief, anger, frustration, and anxiety, which led them to begin a series of six-week virtual support groups with a growing waitlist. After numerous requests to share the syllabus and discussion topics, they were inspired to write this book.
Using therapeutic tools, journal prompts, and grounding exercises to empower readers to identify their strengths and resilience across generations, Where I Belong validates the experiences of Asian and Asian Americans and helps them understand how they fit into the broader context of family history and the trauma experienced by previous generations. Lee and Yoon draw on their own stories, as well as those of a diverse segment of the Asian diaspora, to help them feel seen and connected to their wider community.
Judy Tsuei is the founder of Wild Hearted Words, a strategic branding and content marketing agency. She also specializes in coaching women entrepreneurs of color and daughters of immigrants. Her book, The Little Book of Tibetan Rites and Rituals debuted in March 2022 (Ulysses Press; Simon & Schuster). Judy is a 2023 Tory Burch Foundation Fellow and has been featured in Fast Company, NASDAQ, MindBodyGreen, and more. She's the host of the highly-rated F*ck Saving Face podcast, empowering mental and emotional health for Asian Americans by breaking through taboo topics and driving real conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion through the power of storytelling. She has been a featured speaker and panelist for industry-leading companies. Judy currently lives by the ocean in Encinitas, California with her daughter, Wilder Love.