• feature

    snowed in

    the austin winter storm and its aftermath

    March 5, 2021
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    I spent Valentine’s Day weekend snuggled up on the couch in Austin, Texas with Jason, a guy I started dating a couple of months ago. That afternoon, the temperature outside had dropped from our usual 70 and sunny to a chilly 15 degrees. Jason and I sat huddled inside, occasionally looking out the window for […]

    fragments of my first year

    on the concealed culture of disordered eating at brown

    February 26, 2021
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    TW: eating disorders  My last few weeks before college were defined by choking on excess saliva from CVS brand whitening strips, praying the irritation bump on my nose piercing would disappear, and shamefully going to the salon after a disastrous box bleach job earlier that summer. Nothing truly of note, just a few superficial preparations […]

    family of four

    a story, or not, of gentrification

    February 18, 2021
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    When I was in the fifth grade, my family of four moved into a penthouse studio apartment located in downtown San Francisco, elegantly named Symphony Towers. An odd location for a family, the building was filled with young, single professionals and couples—the kinds of people you’d imagine wanting to live in the center of a […]

    attempting to write about writing

    what is asian-american literature and what does it mean?

    February 12, 2021
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    When I write, I don’t usually start with a plan. I start with an idea and then proceed to avoid outlines, bullet points, and topic sentences. My fingers gently tap at my keyboard and the fully formed letters magically appear on the screen to spell out the wrong words as often as the right ones. […]

    reaching for the radical

    my unfinished exploration of the left

    February 5, 2021
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    CONTENT WARNING: sexual assault There’s a Twitter thread that pops up on my feed every once in a while that poses the essential question: “What radicalized you?”  Many responses recount the specific news story that shocked them to their core, a favorite eye-opening book they’d read, or a family member’s wise words. Personally, I can’t […]