What do you write about?
I’m still trying to figure this out. So far, it seems that mental health and things within the Asian American community have been on my mind, so that’s what I write about. I think once I have more posts up, I’ll be able to get a feel of what direction I want to go in. I’m very open to suggestions. I haven’t decided a lot of things like: how serious I want my posts to be, whether to write formally or informally, what’s the scope of my topics, how much I care about numbers, branding, etc.
Why so many stories?
I think personal narrative is powerful. There’s tons of material out there that’s short and to the point, there are scholarly articles with facts and figures, news in various forms, and a plethora of opinion pieces. They’re all useful and expressive, but sometimes we just need to read something a little more human. I write about real things, I break them down, analyze them, and I incorporate as much data as possible to support my points whenever I can, but essentially, I’m telling a story: mine.
Why did you start the blog?
I talk a lot. I have lengthy conversations that require a degree of presence; it’s how I think stuff through. The things that come out of these chats are really unique to me, and it’s exactly these idiosyncrasies that make them worth documenting and sharing. In addition, I’ve been finding that, out of need, I’m having the same conversations over and over again with different people. I think that means there’s something there important enough to be written down. Lastly, I am a very anxious person, and a lot of things terrify me, especially sharing my writing, but the thought of my words potentially helping someone else wins over the sheer terror of putting my self on a page and, even worse, letting others read it.
What do you want people to know?
That although my history and identity are very much a part of my content, it doesn’t mean that a reader of a background completely different from mine won’t be able to connect to it. My goal is the opposite. I try to write in such a way that allows as many people as possible to understand what’s being said, regardless of prior knowledge. I switch up the audience I’m writing for frequently, mostly for my own amusement and experimentation, but also so there’s something for everyone.
What’s up with the name?
I started the blog in a huge rush. I had words bursting out of my brain, and I really needed to write them down somewhere shareable, so I quickly joined WordPress, put down the first two words I could think of- my name and what I was doing- and I’ve been stuck with that URL since. I’d change it, but that costs money and I hoard napkins.
As for the title of the blog itself, it’s a tribute to the skin I live in, and to the resilience of those who share it.