People

On Preserving Taiwanese Through Romanization

But was there a better way to put these pronunciations on the page?

Oct 22, 2020
How Saunf (or Mukhwas, or Fennel Candy) Built Me a Home

To these writers, saunf occurred in the world as a curiosity, but not as an inevitability.

Oct 20, 2020
How ‘Drag Race’ Helped Me See My Non-Binary Identity

When I look at my personal aesthetic (if I could call it that), I see something that gives me room to move through binaries.

Oct 15, 2020
In Praise of Spoon and Fork

Could I really not keep anything from the unbearable whiteness of being?

How Did Vicks VapoRub Become Every Brown Person’s Cure-All?

Maybe these home remedies aren’t just tricks or distractions. Maybe they are insistences on our well-being.

Oct 13, 2020
How Legend of Korra Gave a Big Black Girl Permission to Be Broken

Though she lives, some part of Korra—the flame throwing hothead, insistent on taking up space—does not survive.

On Sex Work and Risk During a Pandemic

I couldn't afford to live on academic wages, so I became a dominatrix. But after Covid-19, the risks became too great.

Oct 08, 2020
On Sharks, Sickness, and Swimming Anyway

Nora Feely on cancer, facing her fears by naming them, and navigating a world filled with sharks

Oct 07, 2020
What Is Left, What Is Held, What Is Grown As Roots

Always the most vulnerable will die. There will be others, too, but it begins there. And we see, in slow moving real time, whose life is valued, whose life is not.

Sep 30, 2020
It Comes in Threes: Superstition, Ritual, and Action in 2020

If you feel more spiritual or superstitious than usual, it’s because you are.

Sep 29, 2020
What Public Bathrooms Taught Me

The problem, of course, is that the public toilet involves doing the private in public.

Sep 24, 2020
An Enzyme and a Marathon Gave Me Hope After My Assault

I decided to try to find a more complete scientific narrative about trauma instead of accepting damage as a foregone conclusion.

Sep 22, 2020
A Painting of Eve as a Brown Woman Brought Me Back to My Faith

When I looked at her, I simultaneously saw divinity, and myself. 

Sep 17, 2020
Afro-German Women are Still Upholding the Legacy of May Ayim

There have always been people suffering from anti-Blackness. And May Ayim highlights the continuity of the Black experience—not only her own, but those before her as well.

Sep 10, 2020
I Am Partially Deaf and I Write to Be Heard

Why can’t the abled world fit into our world?

Sep 10, 2020
In the Wilds of an Open Soil with Writer Merlin Sheldrake

Merlin’s poetic prose is so visual in the writing that many parts reminded me of a graphic novel.

Sep 09, 2020
Why I Stopped Celebrating My “Birthday”

I don’t know when I was born. I’ve stopped pretending that I do.

Sep 09, 2020
Moon Prism Power! Re-examining the Power of the Magical Asian Schoolgirl

When your youth is marked so clearly, by a crisp sailor collar and the deep pleats of your skirt, everyone feels like they deserve a piece of it, of you.

Sep 02, 2020
Becoming an American Girl: Lessons from The Babysitter’s Club

If we had left Venezuela, it had to be because life in America was going to be better, but the BSC world didn’t seem inherently better—just different.

Sep 01, 2020
Seedlings, or What Has Been Passed On

Just like plants, we inherit some traits from those who came before us, but when I spend time with my siblings I’m amazed by how different we are.

Sep 01, 2020