People

How Rachel Khong Built The Ruby, a Coworking Community for San Francisco Creatives

“How can we lessen everyone’s burden and give ourselves more time to work on what matters to us?”

May 16, 2019
How a Baseball Team Helped Me Make Peace with My Home State

People will tell you the Marlins suck, that no one likes the Marlins. “Marlins fans?” they’ll joke, because everyone knows that Marlins fans don’t exist. Except they do, we do.

Speak of the Dead: Seeking the Stories of My Refugee Family

The first generation of refugees have the power of selective memory. Children like me learned early to tiptoe around our families and their traumas.

May 08, 2019
“The Community Is Hurting”: Why We Need to Talk About Colorism and Bias in Asian American Communities

It feels jarring to deal with “model minority” stereotypes in non-Asian American spaces while facing negative stereotypes within some Asian ones.

May 02, 2019
Leaving IVF, and Its Promise and Possibility, Behind

I felt a down spell in my persistent belief in possibility—a sense that something within me once felt unremitting, but had since been stretched to its limit.

May 01, 2019
The Summer I Became a Thief

Sometimes I thought of it as war reparations. On the outwardly civil but quietly vicious battlefield of my parents’ divorce, I had been the clear loser.

Apr 29, 2019
Life Lessons With The Cacti Uncle of Sri Lanka

“Leave it alone and it knows how to grow,” says Uncle Nimal. “If you care too much, it will die.”

Apr 25, 2019
The Radio Repairman Who Started a Movement in Cuban Music

He begged his mother to let him buy the guitar. When she refused, reminding him that it was half of the month’s rent, he wept.

On Abuse, Survival, and the Word ‘Victim’

I debated for a long time whether I would describe sex with Reese. I didn’t know if I could stand knowing that it might turn some readers on, that it could sustain their fantasies about underage girls. Some of you have come to this essay for the sex, whether you’d admit to it or not.

Apr 17, 2019
I Faced My Phobia of Elevators By Facing My Past

Whenever I got into an elevator with other people, I wondered if they could save me if I were dying in there. Like my mother or my father, I needed them—but they could let me down.

Apr 16, 2019
The Rhythms We Keep Since My Mother’s Stroke

The slight din of the television on TVLand from her room made its way toward the kitchen where Curtis and I sat, trying to figure out how this was all going to go. How everything had changed.

Less Than 1% of Military Divers are Women—I Was One of Them

Contrary to its reputation as an extreme sport, freediving has meditative aspects.

Apr 12, 2019
Losing Whiteness When You Lose Your Father

To lose whiteness is to compress the white half, to describe it awkwardly, to never know how to address it.

Apr 11, 2019
Growing Up Without My Mother, I Found Strength in Olympic Skating Heroes

I lost my mother when I was young. So women like Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski, and Sasha Cohen taught me about femininity and fierceness.

Apr 10, 2019
The Executioner

My father is obsessed with killing flies.

Apr 09, 2019
The Partition Museum Reminded Me That India’s History Is Also My Family’s History

Before I visited the Partition Museum, I had a sense that all the years of self-erasure could be undone if I just heard, watched, read enough. Now I’m beginning to rethink that strategy.

Apr 03, 2019
A History of Premature Births, Including My Own

Dr. Couney settled in the United States in 1903, when he began exhibiting incubator babies on Coney Island every summer. “Infant Incubators With Living Babies,” the sign above the building read.

Apr 03, 2019
Falling in Love and (Finally) Finding Queer Representation on a Telenovela

I know that their lips are touching, and that this is the first time it’s ever happened on a free-to-air telenovela.

I Defend Survivors to Keep My Grandfather’s Legacy Alive

If my grandfather could remain optimistic into his eighties, then how could I let myself become jaded in my twenties?

Apr 01, 2019
The Mother I Choose to Remember Is the Mother Who Didn’t Want to Lose Me

“I realized I had to change or I was going to lose you,” my mother told me. “So I did.”

Mar 28, 2019