It was difficult for Talusan’s grandmother to understand that her grandson was becoming a woman.
The memory is one of many that Talusan recounts in her memoir, “Fairest,” which was released Tuesday.
It was a sharp contrast to her experience with albinism when she moved to the U.S., where those physical attributes weren’t unique.
The ideas of whiteness and feminine beauty, along with fairness and justice in how each person lives with a different set of privileges — all of which are explored throughout the book — helped shape the title of Talusan’s memoir.
Talusan said she hopes her memoir can help other young Filipino Americans who may be struggling to navigate their identities.