This is the first chapter of a coming-of-age novel that I am currently writing.
Jessica Jiang is a high school senior heading to Williams College in the fall. She loves to read and is in love with Lin-Manuel Miranda. She is obsessed with stationery and is a pescatarian. She is working on a novel now about mental health, but also writes poetry, memoir and short stories.
Two women, quarantining apart for a year, exchange disposable cameras and the stories of lost-and-found parts of their worlds, eight miles apart. These are the stories they uncovered.
Thrombocytopenia is a semi-autobiographical poem that details the struggles of a health condition exacerbated by America’s broken health care system. Through the conglomeration of a child’s worst fears, I hope to spur the need for change.
This is a video inspired by an excerpt from my memoir piece. I wanted to create it for the same reason anyone wants to be a writer—to tell a story. More specifically, I want to tell my story. But as the video blossoms into something magical, I realized that in telling my story, I am also telling the stories of many Asian-Americans. This is how to be Asian-American.