Cover Photo: A group of people in exercise gear running  with their backs to the camera
Photograph by Jefferson Sees/Unsplash

In Taiwan, Running Led Me to My Community—and to Myself

A place doesn’t begin to feel like a home until it contains people you care for.

This is Diary of a Reverse Immigrant, a column by Karissa Chen about moving back to Taiwan.



Taipei Run


I hate this, I regret this, why did I agree to this.

Karissa Chen's fiction and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Gulf Coast, PEN America, Guernica, and Longreads. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan in 2015-16 and received a 2019 Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and  is a proud Fellow of both Kundiman and VONA/Voices. She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief at Hyphen and a Contributing Fiction Editor at Catapult. She is working on a novel.