People

Midcentury Modern

I find myself looking at the same memories with new eyes now that you’re gone.

Aug 03, 2021
Finding a Face for My Invisible Illness

I could only acknowledge my thyroid condition from sly, sideways angles—a hobbit stealing from a sleeping dragon’s hoard.

When the Squirrels Are Over

Squirrels are violent maters. I thought about that as metaphor, but I’ve already written that kind of essay, that story.

What Could It Mean for My Child to Inherit My Anxiety?

And does asking these questions make me a good mother?

Jul 19, 2021
Getting Bad Tattoos Helped Me Grow

Not-great tattoos remind you that you are a constantly evolving human—that your definitions of beauty and happiness may change form.

Jul 01, 2021
Digital Distortions: Reflections on Zoom and Body Dysmorphia

We’ve spent quarantine in faulty mirrors, sparking negative feedback loops.

Jun 29, 2021
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