Jessica J. Lee

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Author and Environmental Historian. Books: Turning (2017) and Two Trees Make a Forest (2019; forthcoming in the US/Canada 2020). Founding editor at The Willowherb Review. @jessicajlee on Twitter and Instagram. More at: jessicajleewrites.com

Stories

Cover Photo: An image of heather on hill at sunset.
How the Literature of Empire Shaped My View of the Natural World

It took me years before I realized that I’d built my notions of beauty from the stories of a distant land.

Apr 02, 2020
Cover Photo: An image of a Fukien Tea Tree against a light pink background. On the right side of the tree we see the growth of green leaves. A white flower grows from a branch into the left, surrounded by branches.
My Grandfather and the Fukien Tea Tree: A Botanical History

I added it to the list of things off-limits: questions about the past, the wars, why my grandparents had fled China for Taiwan. Why eventually they left that place too.

Feb 19, 2020