Columns

In Defense of the Worst Cooks in America

The soundstage’s kitchen didn’t have a dishwasher, so he was forced to make dishwasher salmon in the oven instead—like some kind of hack.

Sep 22, 2020
Writing a Book About Asexuality Taught Me to Look for a Fate Beyond Numbers

I learned to reevaluate the meaning of ‘normal’ in relationships, and also my habit of reflexively turning to data.

Sep 15, 2020
A Chinese American Fairy Tale

I love my parents because they are in me, but I wonder if, when they look at me, they see those parts or instead a shapeshifter who’s slowly taken over the person they thought they’d raised.

Aug 27, 2020
Disability Sucks Sometimes. Why is it Taboo to Say So?

Disability ruins everything, these stories tell us: disability itself is tragedy. These people’s lives are over, apparently, even though they are palpably still here.

Aug 25, 2020
Stone Fruit Season: A Comic

Yes, I dared to eat a peach. And I had to live, so I could eat another.

Aug 21, 2020
Goodbye to All That Sex and the City

I couldn’t help but wonder: Of all the self-chroniclers I’d gone to like a moth in my early twenties, why were so few brown, and Black?

Aug 20, 2020
What If Accessibility Was Also Inclusive?

It’s hard to articulate what it feels like to spend a lifetime being told that you are not allowed. Not always in so many words, but in gestures, in spaces, in thoughtlessness.

Jul 28, 2020
What the Religious Right Gets Wrong About Monsters

Perhaps the certainty that you are not the monster—that no matter what you do, you will never become the monster—is what gives rise to monstrous behavior.

Jul 27, 2020
Budding History: On Nationalism and Cherry Blossoms

Through myth-making and symbolism, the natural world comes to stand in for potent human ideals.

Jul 23, 2020
Fate and Desire in Asian America

The satisfaction people take in free will comes not from their ability to choose, but from their ability to feel like they’ve chosen.

Jul 22, 2020
When Black Women Pay for Black Liberation With Our Lives

Black women have been killed for our beliefs for as long as Black people have been demanding the right to breathe.

Jul 16, 2020
Kalbi, Maybe

Sure, the food is delicious, but it’s that sense of community that makes Korean barbeque what it is.

Jul 13, 2020
My Chemical Hormone Therapy Romance

Transition begins by insisting that you can want more. It’s a dream in the sense that it reveals the version of you that wants, above all, to be here.

Jul 09, 2020
To All the Pirate Bars Ayye’ve Loved Before

Visiting a beloved bar is less about the bar itself and more an attempt to re-inhabit happy memories, to open a door that leads to them.

Jul 08, 2020
“Où est ma nounou?”: What It’s Like Nannying in Paris

His mother said to me, “French mothers can be wild. That one in particular is a monster.”

Jun 23, 2020
To All the Messy Girls I’ve Loved Before

A white girl’s refusal to live by the dominant narrative gets to be glamorous, whereas I cannot imagine how a Black girl’s refusing the terms of society ever could be.

Jun 18, 2020
What Soybeans Can Be

Soybeans were linked to life itself.

Jun 17, 2020
What Does It Mean to Write Asian American Literature?

In my family, race itself did not exist. If I wanted to be real, I could not experience what was not real.

Jun 16, 2020
Tired of Dying: Ashes Action, Covid-19, and Protesting Under a Pandemic

When your back is against the wall, dumping your loved ones in the president’s front yard can seem like the only rational response.

Jun 15, 2020
Korean Comfort Foods of Our Pandemic Dreams

Columnist Noah Cho on pandemic food cravings, home cooking adventures, and much-missed restaurants.

Jun 09, 2020