Alysia was introduced in the first issue of Batgirl, when Barbara Gordon decides it is time to move out of her father's home. Barbara moves in with Alysia, thanks to a roommate posting on "Greg's List." Alysia, who is of Singaporean descent, describes herself as somewhat of an activist. Alysia explains to Barbara that she paints during the day, and works as a bartender at night, although her ambition is to be a professional chef. Though only knowing Barbara for a very brief amount of time, she shows a very outgoing personality and is almost instantly warmly receptive of her new roommate. Alysia notices how secretive Barbara is at times, but she doesn't keep pressing on about it. She tells Barbara that it's okay, because she knows everyone has their secrets.
In Batgirl issue 8, she has a run in with Barbara's brother, James Gordon Jr. The pair then to seem to be dating. He later gives her the cat named Alaska as a gift, one that Barbara later notices is very much like the cat named Alaska that her family used to have.
Death of the Family
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When Alysia returns home one day, she finds Barbara standing over unconscious members of the Joker's gang. Barbara apologizes, saying she hasn't been honest with Alysia, and she should go to the police and tell them there has been a break in; she also tells her that she will never see Barbara again.
Instead of taking Barbara's advice, Alysia calls James Gordon Jr. He picks her up and takes her to the church where the Joker is trying to force Batgirl to marry him. Alysia witnesses the action from outside and appears to learn how insane her boyfriend James truly is.
Soon afterwards, Barbara returns home and shares much of her personal background with Alysia (up to, but not including her identity as Batgirl). It is at this time that Alysia, after having tried several times in the previous months to do so, finally shares that she is transgender with Barbara. Barbara responds with a simple but earnest statement of love and acceptance.