Bodies

Don’t Let It Bury You

How my relationship with dance helps me navigate my body, trauma, and mental health.

Apr 25, 2017
Until We All Have Voices

I lost my voice at fifteen, when it faded into adolescent memory.

Apr 19, 2017
Am I Asian Enough?

Erasing my dark under-eye circles won’t change the fact of my Indonesian heritage.

Apr 18, 2017
To Swim is to Endure: On Living with Chronic Pain

“If I don’t swim, the pain grows. If I’m in more pain, what will become of my life?”

Apr 17, 2017
A Chronology of Touch

“The desire and the wrongness both, inseparable, pulled at me.”

Mar 22, 2017
How the Affordable Care Act Allowed Me to Work

The ACA allowed me to pursue independence as a person with a disability.

Stuttering Genes: On Family and Communication

“Why would I need scientific corroboration to make my disability legitimate?”

Mar 02, 2017
Women in the Fracklands: On Water, Land, Bodies, and Standing Rock

“Who is responsible for and to this woman, her safety, her body, her memory?”

Jan 03, 2017
Why I Never “Fixed” My Teeth

I was offered the chance to erase the most visible sign of my poverty.

Nov 14, 2016
Matter Over Mind

“I was cast as the needy patient, clamoring for attention.”

Nov 02, 2016
Of Course By Now You Know This Story

“I am angry that words are never just words.”

The Boy Who Groped Me and the Flute Case That Saved Me

“There was no doubt in my mind that he was working up his nerve to do something unwelcome.”

Oct 27, 2016
When the Body Breaks Its Silence

“Women’s bodies, I was taught, must be a special kind of strong. Women’s bodies must quietly endure.”

Oct 25, 2016
Out-Asianed

My mother, sister, and I thought we’d fit in at the Japanese spa. Then we found out what “bathing suit optional” actually means.

Sep 30, 2016
When You Are Waiting to be Healed

“I felt like I was a piece of clockwork waiting to be fixed.”

Sep 22, 2016
The Other Side of a Smile

“Smiling is a black man’s telekinesis.”

Jun 07, 2016
Connecting the Dots

“You may not know the words but you haven’t forgotten.”

Jan 26, 2016
A Hunger for Men’s Eyes

“Their eyes peeled off my clothes.”

Oct 02, 2015