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Remy the Rat vs. Smokey the Bear

I’ve always had a beef with Remy from Ratatouille. His mantra, “Anyone can cook,” is meant to be empowering, but I find it a bit discouraging. If anyone can cook, why should I bother? (I should note that as a Four in the Enneagram personality typing system, my greatest goal in life is …

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Website Walkthrough: Progressive Asian American Christians

The History of PAAC Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, writer Liz Lin published an essay titled, “The Loneliness of the Progressive Asian American Christian.” At the end she linked to a new Facebook group for Progressive Asian American Christians (PAAC), created by Pastor Lydia Shiu. Within 24 hours, 300 …

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Fitting In: Part 1

“Are you excited to finally be going back?” Eugene squeezed Artemis’s hand when she didn’t respond. “Hey, you awake?” “Oh, yeah, I guess. Excited, terrified, same thing.” “Why terrified? Taiwan is great. The food, the weather…well, I guess the weather takes a little getting used to, but the food makes …

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No More Hiding

You would think it would be hard to forget that I’m not white. I’m a Chinese-American woman, born, raised and educated in the Midwest. I was one of maybe a dozen Asian students in my high school graduating class of 400. I didn’t have a single Asian(-American) teacher until I …

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Mom Jeans, Mom Bod, and Other Insecurities

I went to New York last weekend to meet with the incoming and outgoing executive teams of Mochi magazine, where I have somehow found myself as editor in chief. Besides my standard imposter syndrome (I’ve never taken a single journalism, marketing, or business class, I can count my published bylines …

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As I Am: How I finally became an Asian American writer

h/t my pal Chris Paek for the genius wordplay “As I Am” You would think that being an Asian American writer would come naturally to me. After all, my parents are Taiwanese immigrants, l was born and raised in the U.S., and I write things. But accepting that identity and …

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Why I Write

I was born, raised, educated, married, and churched in the Midwest, where Asian-American representation is…rather sparse, to say the least. For a long time, I didn’t notice the lack of representation or think that it mattered. Growing up in a Chinese immigrant church, I was surrounded by people who looked …