Michelle Obama was in Denver a few weeks ago and I was fortunate enough to make it to her speaking engagement. She was as kind, intelligent, and humorous as I’d seen her represented in some of my favorite videos of the past several years. One of the things she talked about was getting real and … More Civic school
I get to hang out in the park each week with my friend’s son. I started watching him once a week when he was six months old, the age I was when I was adopted and came to the United States. I remember thinking, “Wow, so much has already happened in his l life. His … More A walk in the park
I’m super sensitive to perpetuating the silent Asian woman stereotype. So as an Asian American who lives in Denver—a very white place and I’m not talking snow—when I’m in a situation like I found myself in yesterday at a civic engagement event, I speak up to throw my two cents in to the conversation. Except … More Minority interests
I’m a Korean adoptee who grew up in the Midwest where there were a lot of white people and not that many Asian Americans. This might be why I was routinely asked, “Are you Jackie Chan’s daughter?” I don’t remember the number of times I was asked this, but it was enough for me to … More Korean adoptee milestone
Every time someone asks me about my last name, I feel a sense of pride. As I’ve mentioned before, my partner and I made a choice when we got married, to select a shared last name that reflects what we value and stand for. Last weekend we were at the local floral shop buying some … More What the world needs now
So, Miss Saigon ads are all over my insta and fb feeds ever since I Googled “Miss Saigon” for an essay I was working on, about pop culture’s role in the perpetuation of over-sexualized stereotypes of Asian and Asian American women. I find this frustrating. One, it’s a reminder that some algorithm is hard at … More Pop culture perpetuation of stereotypes still here! New and improved? You decide!
I love that there is a day we celebrate Pi. And by “we” I really mean…my mathematician husband and me. Of course, I know we’re not the only ones amused by March 14th resembling 3.14 (the first digits of the infinite number that goes on 3.141592653…), but maybe we’re one of the few partnerships made … More Life is Pi, pie is life
During a recent trip to Hawaii with my family, I found serenity while snorkeling above two sea turtles. I found soul nourishment when I stood in the middle of a bamboo forest and the wind and bamboo stalks spoke to me. I found joy while jumping waves in the Pacific. You know what I didn’t … More Support the activists in Hawaii who care about the land and its people
I’m cheering for Moonlight to take home the Oscar for Best Picture this year. I know, my cheering means nothing to the Academy. And yet, I carry on. Because I’m an American. And like an American sport fan, I like to think that my support means something; at the very least, I feel a camaraderie with … More We all win if the Oscar for Best Picture is given to Moonlight
Apparently I wrote this when I was eight: I AM NOTHING. Of course the title of the piece is Broken Heart; eight years old and the world already convinced me that I didn’t matter.