Culture

“What Are You?”: On Mixed-Race Identity and ‘The Buddhist Bug’

Yet, my same racial mutability also poses a threat: “How can you identify a ‘them’ if it can pass for an ‘us’?”

Car Crashes, Climate Change, and Mothering Through Catastrophe

I recall a 2016 headline that warned, ‘Orangutans face complete extinction within ten years.’ Nash will be thirteen in 2026.

Ellaji and Lakshmiji

If Lakshmiji’s voice was silk, then Ellaji’s was satin.

Mar 23, 2020
The Homoerotics of Water

In the water, what you are called can change. And words, like water, will dissolve.

Mar 19, 2020
What We Talk About When We Talk About Food: Noah Cho and Bryan Washington in Conversation

“The food scene in the Bay Area is dying because everything is so expensive; rent is expensive.”

When Language Wears Boots

A daughter who is jia 嫁 is out of the house is gone forever, water poured out of a bucket, never whole, never yours again.

Mar 18, 2020
The ‘Survivor’ Notebook

I remember the day Mom said “stage IV metastatic,” so now I need a show with forty seasons.

Mar 10, 2020
Unlearning the Whiteness of Academic Art History

In Taipei, my disengagement with the silk scrolls wasn’t random. It was learned.

Mar 09, 2020
My Body Is an Archive

I’ve published articles on examining the archive’s margins and gaps to recover women’s stories, but that won’t help me understand that girl who left her family when she could no longer live in shame.

Feb 10, 2020
After Divorce at Twenty-Four, Lizzo Taught Me to Love Myself Again

"Juice" had the type of lyrics that forced me out of my solitude, whether I wanted to be out of it or not.

Feb 06, 2020
After Losing My Father, One Direction Helped Me Find Joy During Grief

That first time I heard it, the music was so catchy and the words were so ridiculous that I threw my head back and laughed. I opened the curtains that had been closed for a month.

A Love Letter to Old Navy’s Wide-Legged Jeans

When I walk to the train, my shadow falls wider, and I like that I’m taking up more space.

Jan 08, 2020
Gabrielle Bellot and Megan Milks: Baldwin, Machado, and Other Writers Who Made Us Bolder

“What do we want? Livable lives. Thriving communities. The right to our bodies and our desires. Love. Resilience. Possibility. Queer genius.”

Finding My Language of Healing in Indian Classical Music

To cope with pain, and prepare for parenthood, I had to learn how to breathe. To breathe, I needed more than air.

Dec 17, 2019
How a Woman Artist Helped Me Embrace My Choice to be Unmarried and Childfree

Morisot’s paintings of women up close lined the walls, a pastel perspective at vanity tables and in gardens. My breath rushed in: beautiful.

Dec 12, 2019
How My Mother Protected Us from My Father and Found Solace in Art

My mother described the Rembrandt paintings as her friends. I'd never heard anyone talk about art that way, instilling it with something like a personhood of its own.

Dec 10, 2019
Wherever the Limdi Grows: Growing Up Gujarati in Southern California

I deliberately and obstinately use the word ‘limdi’ and not the term ‘curry leaf’ because the word ‘curry’ has always bothered me.

Dec 09, 2019
Finding Home and Comfort in the Food of Korean American Chef Eunjo Park

Eunjo Park, the executive chef at Momofuku’s Kawi, is cooking her way through it. Her food is a reminder that it’s okay not to be one-hundred percent anything.

Dec 03, 2019
In an America on Fire, Baldwin’s Legacy Led Me to Paris

Just as America’s horrors led Baldwin to flee decades before, I waded through my own fear as a gay, black man coming of age in an America burning once again.

Dec 02, 2019
Can You Please Say Something in Khelobedu?

For me, Khelobedu is a language, a culture, home. For most South Africans, it doesn’t exist.

Nov 12, 2019