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Dear Imo: A Letter from the Korean Diaspora

I made a promise, too, that I would bring her back to you.

Jun 23, 2021
Business in the Front, Rebellion in the Back

My childhood rat tail was a lesson on the borders of class and gender.

Jun 15, 2021
Cut Knuckles

There—the small red cut marks on the knuckles, which any bulimic could identify as those made by the teeth when finger-inducing vomiting.

Jun 09, 2021
How Heaux Tales Taught Me to Shed Shame

Like Jazmine Sullivan’s “The Other Side,” a song from her latest EP, Heaux Tales, I saw a life outside the confines of conservatism—the length of my skirt and the policing of what I was allowed to say and do.

Jun 08, 2021
We’re in Sasquatch Country Now

How the Bigfoot legend helped me reconcile unanswered questions about my adoption

Jun 03, 2021
That Uncomfortable Feeling of Being Wanted for My “Almond-Shaped” Eyes

My former therapist, a well-meaning white woman, once asked me, “Do you think he treated you badly because you are Asian?”

Jun 02, 2021
The Life of a Cup of Coffee, as Told by Sabine Parrish

“Consumers in the Global South have a right to the best coffees from their nations, their sister nations, from wherever they want.”

Jun 01, 2021
A Gay Gaye Holud for Two Bengali Brides

Promiti Islam on queerness, Bengali-American identity, and the complexities of family acceptance,

May 27, 2021
Notes From a White-Passing Asian

Can you ever escape your complicity when you can't escape your own skin?

May 26, 2021
I Do Not Want to Write Today: A Comic

I don’t want to write today. I don’t want to write about violence today. I don’t want to write about honor or duty or respect today.

May 25, 2021
Building the Trans Gaze For Myself

Why does my assigned sex have to limit me at all?

May 24, 2021
The Silence of My White Friends After Atlanta

I wondered: Who was I when I first formed this friendship?

May 20, 2021
Sending My Son Out of America to Save Us Both

I didn’t want it to make sense—to send my children away for who knows how long—but I did need them to survive. I needed to survive.

Who Gets to Travel to “Find Themselves”?

The spirit of manifest destiny has been rebranded into the travelogue.

May 13, 2021
Every Immigrant Is in a Long-Distance Relationship

Distance, though it may be physically distancing, need not make a couple grow distant.

May 13, 2021
Moving Past Silence as One Relationship Ends and Another Begins

For a decade I’d tricked myself into believing I was happily married, never thinking there could come a time when the trick no longer worked.

May 12, 2021
The Life and Times of Bernice Bing

A lesbian Chinese American painter, she defied definition, which is why I was so fascinated by her.

May 11, 2021
Inheriting an Autoimmune Disease and an Instinct for Survival

Science provides me with a vocabulary of illness, confirming what my body already knows: that it will never be the same

May 10, 2021
The Climate of Gender

On climate change, transitioning, gender, and the vanishing sweetness of maple trees.

May 03, 2021
How My Body Spoke to Me in Sickness

I was convinced that I could handle it all—including healing myself.

Apr 29, 2021