Susan Sheu grew up in the Midwest, the child of a Chinese immigrant graduate student and a Swedish-German Wisconsin woman. She was raised by people and in a place where everyone claimed to hate bigotry, ignorance, and totalitarian regimes. So it’s a source of existential pain that some of those folks voted against those values in 2016. She is a graduate of Vassar College, the University of California-Los Angeles School of Public Health, and the Bennington Writing Seminars, where she received the 2017 Bennington Award for Nonfiction for an excerpt of a memoir in progress. Her other work has appeared in Longreads and Cleaver Magazine. She lives in California with her family and among many friends that Jeff Sessions and his boss and colleagues would rather see in shallow graves or private prisons than contributing to American society, culture, and the economy.