Cover Photo: Illustration by Shing Yin Khor for Catapult
Of Mufflers and Men: A Comic

Adapted and reinvented and reborn—not venerated, but persistent, present, iconic. Is this such a bad fate?

May 27, 2020
Cover Photo: An image of  John Everett Millais's 'Ophelia' in which Ophelia lays in water surrounded by a lush  green landscape. She is wearing a dress and her head and hands are above water. Flowers surround her in the water.
Playing Ophelia Helped Me Navigate My Own Grief

She sings and speaks in lewd riddles, mourning her father’s untimely death and her abandonment by Hamlet, her lover.

May 26, 2020
Cover Photo: A photo of a woman with black hair moving between rows and rows of tourists in beach chairs. We can only see her back.
Hotel La Plantación

They like flirting with local women. When they’re satisfied with the season, they catch a plane and go back to gringolandia.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Cover Photo: Still from the music video ‘Your Best American Girl’ music video/Dead Oceans
Breaking Up with Your Best American Girl
Since voicing my intention to transition, I’ve been revisiting my favorite love-as-a-woman songs and reorienting myself within them.
Jan 28, 2020
Cover Photo: Illustration by Cori Lin for Catapult
You Gave the Enemy a Face—and That Face Was Mine
In America, we like to be heroes—to find our enemies and defeat them. So, in a pandemic where the enemy is not visceral, we create one that is.
May 14, 2020
Cover Photo: An image of a woman sitting on an orange couch with a do in her lap. On the green floor is a large shadow of a face—perhaps it is the woman herself or one of her mothers. A bird of paradise plant is  in the corner, and bookshelf to the upper right side.
The Mother of Reckoning
One of my mothers, I thought, could be dead.
May 19, 2020
Cover Photo: A panoramic view of the mountainous countryside of Laos: rocky crags covered in lush trees, wide open fields, and a bright sky blanketed with fluffy clouds
For My Immigrant Parents, a Vacation Is a Reprieve from Labor—for Me, It’s a Time to Work
My parents wanted to give me opportunities that they never had, to let me participate in bizarre American rites of passage.
Nov 21, 2019
Cover Photo: A close-up of a statue of a qilin, a mythical beast of Chinese origin
Where Once Were Qilin: Return to Nanjing
What did it mean that now both the villages and the qilin were gone? This portal to the ancestors gone forever.
Oct 16, 2019
Cover Photo: A passport from the United Kingdom  on a stone surface
Why Do Borders and Passports Dictate What Country I Get to Call Home?
The contours of a border become a lot less rigid when you carry what are deemed to be the right documents.
Sep 19, 2019
Cover Photo: A photo of a dark staircase bathed in the pink neon light of a sign shaped like an unsettling smiley face.
There Is No Human Resources Department at the Candy Cooperative
The bubbly letters were both a direction and a justification for the lines of people who shelled out $37.50 for a forty-five-minute “experience” at “the sweetest place on earth.”
May 15, 2020
Cover Photo: The ghostly image of an empty white room, its window being opened by a hand glowing in the sun.
Solitude Is a Human Presumption
Why can’t we imagine, just for the sake of argument, that a joyful spirit leaves some of themselves behind—an echo of joy in a place they once loved?
May 08, 2020
Cover Photo: A fantastical illustration of a sad woman by a lakeside, accompanied by a smiling turtle with a sword on its back
So What’s Your Name, Sandra?
Her son’s name was Bison and, wouldn’t you know, she’d enjoyed calling him “Son” for short.