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Wisdom on Women Post #2: Dr. Reiko Homma True

As you may already know She Is Splendid is dedicated to ALL Women of Color. As the month of May has now arrived, we have also made it to Asian-American and Pacific Islander Month. May is also known as Mental Health Awareness Month. With that said, I would like to kick it off by honoring Dr. Reiko Homma True, a splendid WOC who also happens to be a native of Japan and also a practicing Psychologist.

Throughout the history of Psychology white men have often been overrepresented. Even today this overrepresentation with white men in Psychology as the dominating group is still a commonality. Thus, a lot of men of color, and women in general are severely underrepresented. This lack of representation can lead to a lack of trust from those in the general public who seek to find mental health services. Also, a plethora of individuals who come from non-white backgrounds tend to shun the idea of Western Mental Health practices.

Therefore, when women such as Dr. True come along, it is key to be informed about who they are and what they have done. That way young women of color can feel, and see themselves represented which in turn can help provide them with the necessary courage to excel above the norms. Overall, we must highlight the accomplishments of courageous individuals who go into fields such as Psychology, without fitting the stereotypical idea of what a Mental Health Care Professional is supposed to resemble.


Five Splendid Facts You Should Know About Dr. Reiko True

1. Dr. True Is a Japanese Native

Reiko Homma True, was born in Japan in 1930. Prior to migrating to the U.S., True attended a university in Tokyo. While enrolled in university, she made history as being one of the only 3 women in a class total of 80 students. Thus, proving that even in her earlier days she served as a champion for her fellow women. Dr. True later attended the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkley.

2. She Is an Activist

In her own words, True has previously admitted that “Activism was quite foreign to…” her. Dr. True’s early career life is what eventually propelled her into the world of activism for other minorities and especially for other Asian-Americans. True was inspired by her peers, friends and mentor, Mary Goulding, who were all heavily involved in the progressive movement during the 60s. Although she considered herself to simply be a more reserved Asian woman, True later admitted that becoming an activist was “…quite empowering.”

3. True Is an Advocate for the Asian Community

One of her missions as a Psychologist has been to help her fellow Asian-Americans have the ability to better navigate the American society within the realms of their native culture. So it is no surprise that she has served as a strong advocate for other Asian-American women. Dr. True has specifically been known for mentoring Asian women in areas of life such as “struggling with their husband’s expectations that they be subservient.” Overall, her career has been in service of uplifting minorities. Thanks to her dedication to her community, Dr. True’s career took off nationally and internationally as well.

4. She Is a Founder

In 1995 the Kobe region of Japan suffered a severe earthquake. After this natural disaster Dr. True traveled to Japan and eventually developed a program that helped to offer mental health services to victims of natural disasters. Later on down the line, she also played an integral part in the establishment of the Asian-American Community Mental Health Program which is located in Oakland, California. This community center was a first of its kind to offer mental health services primarily centered on the specific needs of a designated minority population.

5. She Is a Winner

Dr. True has been honored with a plethora of awards all throughout her very lengthy career. A few awards bestowed upon her include the 2003 Lifetime Award from the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), and has even been accredited as an Outstanding Alumna by the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley of the California Alumni Association. Furthermore, she has also been a winner of the first title, take for example her recognition as the first woman and first minority to become the director of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Forensic Services.

Currently Dr. True is still a practicing Clinical Psychologist in the San Francisco area of California. She continues to be of service to her community by aiding them with personal and professional circumstances. Dr. True has expressed that she understands how significant mental health issues can be when it comes to minorities due to their “…unique struggle at various levels-whether they are first, second, third or fourth generation.” Is is with great pleasure that I honor Dr. True as the second featured splendid woman for Wisdom on Women Wednesday’s.

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Meet the Founder

Hey world hey! My name is Sophie but not really because technically it’s Sophonie (Sof-uh-nee). But  honestly I never realized what my full name really was until I learned how to write it in Kindergarten. Anyways, for the purpose of this here blog and any other online profiles I am associated with I go by Soso Royale (There’s a story behind that) which has now turned into Ms. Royale. Being that my 23rd birthday is coming up soon I feel the “Ms.” part is more fitting. Plus once upon a time ago I was a teacher so there’s that.

First things first, I am young Black Creative Writer who has been writing since 11 years old. I am a VERY proud first generation Haitian-American woman. Further, I am a history buff who has a B.A. in Psychology from the 2nd largest university in my home state of New Jersey, Montclair State University. Shout out to MSU!

I am a millennial (hate that word), a Womanist, and I guess I’m woke but I do occasionally take naps because like James Baldwin said “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” When I am not taking naps, I can be found being unpologetically Black as hell.

(For those who are unaware of what a Womanist is, click the link above or just read below for a quick explanation of it.)

Womanist- “Black Feminism focuses on the experiences, needs, and desires of women of color (Aldridge 193). Womanism, like Black Feminism, provides a space for Black women and women of color to create dialogue in a non threatening environment.”

BUT anyways, I am one helluva down to Mars type of 20-something year old QUEEN of many crowns and jack of all trades.

Anyways, I’m in between that phase of a “just” graduate (c/o 2016) but also a young professional who kinda-sorta-really-but-not-actuall knows what she wants but is struggling to get there. To some this may be scary and there are days when it is but I am okay with this limbo phase. So yes, I am a freelance writer! Also, I am the founder, and full time content provider for my blog, She Is Splendid (S.I.S).

Other things I think you should know about me: I am the last child of 7 (sings 7th Heaven theme). Quick side note: My siblings and I used to watch love that show growing up. I’m now the proud Auntie of 7 and a plus 1. Anyhow, I have moved around quite a bit from the age of 3 but I am a Jersey girl through and through. Florida will always have my heart too…and Georgia…and Massachusetts…and Louisiana BUT damn it I hate pumping my own gas! 😦

Further, my Haitian roots run deep which can be seen in most of my more serious writing, my passion for a good Kompa set/playlist, and my instant flipping from English to Creole then to Cringlish all in 2.5 seconds. I am on a mission to heal hearts by way of the talents God has bestowed upon me. I am a lover of God, His people (ALL of them), and most foods too.

As you can see I’ve jumped from topic to topic within this bio so as I’m sure you all can tell I am rather random or if you look at it from a different perspective I am eccentric. A few more facts about moi, I love to laugh so I also love seeing others laugh as a result of my silly antics. I enjoy cooking and consuming carefully cooked food (2nd time mentioning food…). Additionally, I just like to have fun and enjoy everyday as much as possible. I love love love to dance and listen to music. I’m a huge Hip Hop head with a heart for Jazz, and hips for Salsa.

If there’s one I want you to leave with about me is that I genuinely find great joy in making others happy or at the very least smile. When you put good into the world, it truly finds its way right back to your doorstep. Trust me, you should try it! 🙂

Serenity, Smiles, & Positive Vibes to all,

Ms. Royale