A few years ago, when I decided to bleach a strip of my dark hair white, I had no intentions other than to see my own reflection as different from that of the girl who was with my ex. I'd never once imagined that the small change in color would be interpreted as rebellion (other … Continue reading Streaks


How much for this one?

I was in a convenience store in Phuket one evening, looking for band-aids with my friend, when this European tourist walked in and made a bee-line for me. At least, I think he was a tourist. (He dressed like a homeless person so I couldn't be sure.) The first words out of his mouth were, … Continue reading How much for this one?

Violence is intergenerational

I follow a couple of online media outlets to keep up with Asian American-specific news. This year, I noticed a strange pattern. At the very beginning of 2017, I was surprised to see violence against an 83-year-old Asian woman on my newsfeed. Strange that anyone would hurt an elderly woman, and an Asian/Asian American one at that. … Continue reading Violence is intergenerational

Jungle Asians, Fancy Asians, and the Space Betwix and Between

In a recent conversation with a friend, I told them that it feels like "I'm a Jungle Asian disguised as a Fancy Asian." That is to say, I have a complicated relationship with class within my own ethnicity on top of an already complicated relationship with race, as I am neither black or brown, nor … Continue reading Jungle Asians, Fancy Asians, and the Space Betwix and Between