Adrian De Leon

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Adrian De Leon is a writer and educator from Manila by way of Scarborough. He is the author of three books, including most recently, barangay: an offshore poem (2021). He is the co-host of two PBS Digital Studios shows: A People's History  of Asian America (2021) and Historian's Take (2022). He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Assistant Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.


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‘Final Fantasy XIV’ Taught Me About Care and Connection During the Pandemic

My online relationships remain heartfelt and cherished ones, even as I’ve reconnected myself with whatever it is we call “real life.”

Jun 22, 2022
Cover Photo: Adrian De Leon, light brown skinned with freckles and silver framed glasses, in a grey crew neck sweatshirt. He's standing in front of a white brick wall with black airbrushed spots.
How My Hometown Homie Makes Me Feel Beautiful

In any serious picture of me, I am not comfortable enough to look directly into the lens. I don’t know if I will ever be.

Aug 12, 2021