An email from my friend Tammy today reminded me of one of the next Stickies that deserves my focus that will become a recurring part of my writing in a section I will call “Find the Five.” I will post soon about what “the five” is all about and its origins for those that don’t know, but for now, I give you the first post dedicated to my friend of close to 30 years…e tammy kim
I often think about how fortunate I am to know such truly talented people. My life long friend of nearly 30 years Tammy Kim is no exception. She is a trailblazer and fearless in determination. She defies convention in a way I can’t imagine is comfortable yet she does so without a drop of sweat on her forehead. She knows her Korean-American culture but embraces the purest parts of cultural diversity. She is educated at the most prestigious universities, a former lawyer and now staff writer for Al Jazeera America who does exceptional work covering and caring for the plight of the poor and disadvantaged.
There are too many things I love about Tammy. She loved me unconditionally when I told her I was gay. She prayed with me…and for me, I’m sure. She played this one particular part of a piano concerto over and over and over for me (which I can still hum in my head decades later); she was always a better musician than me but she never let me feel that way…she always made me feel first chair. She was the first person I ate kimchi with…and had coffee with. She knew my late brother-in-law Roger. She had the most perfect penmanship that I tried to copy and failed to even come close to mirroring. She is brave. Soulful. Smarter than I may ever be and sillier than I could ever manage. She writes almost exclusively in lowercase letters with pens the likes of which you can only find at Asian grocery stores.
Tammy is changing the world through awareness. She changes my life by being my friend. And that, e tammy kim, is #whyiloveyou.
Check out her amazing coverage of things matter here: http://america.aljazeera.com/profiles/k/e-tammy-kim.html