An encounter with an old Chinese grandmother during a hot summer day shoveling compost in Brooklyn.
AAPI Art & Writing
The Bargains We Make
What sacrifices did we make during the pandemic to sustain our parental relationships? What kind of person have you become since then?
Growing up as a daughter of resturant owners, I explore the shame of not having parents that could dedicate their time to me and the realization of the sacrifices they made for my happiness.
Two Worlds, One Home
A reflection of cultural identity through the lens of a first-generation, Chinese-American girl.
Chinese Braised Beef Soup
This is what the process of making hong shao niu rou tang, or chinese braised beef soup, means to me.
My Love Was Bound in Red Silk / I Contain a Silence
The first poem was originally published in an essay titled “Red Stars Over Flushing: Edmond Jabes, Mahmoud Darwish, and Yellow Power.”
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This feeling will stay with me for a while, but I am satisfied with where I am with it.
Lost in Translation
As a Chinese American, growing up in a predominately white environment was challenging towards my identity—especially at school. As I get older, I am able to appreciate the beauty of my culture.
Chronicles of FeiXingQi and Mahjong
A tale of an immigrant’s adjustment to New York City and the impacts of childhood and cultural board games.
At 11:32 on a typical Saturday night, a mom and daughter chat while doing their nails.
Every day at school, I get lunch from the same place, just to see the grandma who works there. It’s the highlight of my day.
Living in Gratitude While Missing My Native Tongue
It’s easy—almost far too easy to just say where we are from. A country. A place. A word. But where we really come from is from our parents and our culture. A history.
Have You Seen This Word?
This poem explores the mystery of lost words and where one must go to find them.
The Watchtower, an Excerpt
Two Japanese American twelve-year-olds in World War II relocation centers, hatch a plan of escape. But something unexpected happens on the day they plan to leave.