“The Community Is Hurting”: Why We Need to Talk About Colorism and Bias in Asian American Communities
It feels jarring to deal with “model minority” stereotypes in non-Asian American spaces while facing negative stereotypes within some Asian ones.
The Black Notebooks
Find my axis.Can you feel where I’m distributing my weight? Push me with your torso; it tells me what to do.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black GirlElectric Literature
Monique Laban is a writer from New York. Her work has appeared in JoySauce, The Offing, Clarkesworld, The Florida Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She is a 2022 Hedgebrook writer in residence.
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To this day, I can’t tell you the names of my extended family in Taiwan—but I can tell you their astrological signs.
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Naturally, the first person I wrote about was my mother.