Shealea of Shut up, Shealea

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Shealea has been receiving her coffee orders with her name spelled incorrectly for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in the wonderfully tropical side of Southeast Asia (yep, that’s the Philippines), she is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Communication Research at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

When she isn’t drowning in deadlines or buried under mountains of academic journals, Shealea enjoys talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Chris Hemsworth is the best Chris), diverse books (with a soft spot for Asian authors and books), media representation, and intersectional feminism — sometimes all in the same breath.

Shut up, Shealea | she is sunflowers & thunderstorms

On the 17th of December 2015, Shealea began her book blogging journey. Three years later, thanks to the incessant goading encouragement of her friends, together with a desire to build a prettier blog, she finally caved in, got to work — and two weeks into 2019, Shut up, Shealea was formally introduced to the virtual world. 🌻

Largely inspired by Shealea’s love for books and personal advocacy, this blog hopes to discuss books, diversity in media, and whatever else (because y’all know Shealea tends to digress). It aims to provide a safe and honest space for marginalized readers, as well as a welcoming and supportive platform for authors with marginalized identities.

On a more personal note, Shealea hopes to use this blog as an avenue for learning and self-empowerment: to find the courage to speak up as a woman of color, to learn the humility needed for holistic growth, and to allow herself to be soft and loud, gentle and fierce, compassionate in heart and uncompromising in principle — sunflowers and thunderstorms.

When will Shealea shut up? Not today.