Lunch with Sumiko: To overcome fear, embrace it, says Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa

Growing up as an immigrant kid in the United States, Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa learnt that to conquer a fear, she needed to ‘rob it of its sting’.

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Growing up, Filipino-born Maria Ressa realised that one can be one’s worst enemy. She told herself to embrace whatever she feared, to “rob it of its sting”. Last October, she co-won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for her journalistic work.
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When Maria Ressa was 10, she moved from the Philippines to the United States.

Growing up in the suburban town of Toms River, New Jersey, a "short brown kid... in this big white world", as she once described it, she was determined to play basketball.

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