Return

Sunbeams gently shine through the white lace curtain from the glass door in the bedroom. With your head sticking out to see the morning sidewalks, I see your tan small body and fluffy curly tail. It must be around 6 o’clock. I barely fell back to sleep after my racing thoughts woke me up inContinue reading “Return”

Decolonizing Myself—Part I: Chasing Modernity and the American Dream

Recently, I have been having this feeling that history just keeps catching up to me no matter how hard I try to escape from it. I talked to my black and Asian friends about our unhealthy behavioral patterns—anxiety, anger and aggression, codependency, eating disorder, trauma bonding—all the things that we hate about ourselves and simultaneouslyContinue reading “Decolonizing Myself—Part I: Chasing Modernity and the American Dream”

The Hurt In Us (Part Three)

This past summer, my high school classmate, who is now an English lecturer, invited me to the university she works for in Macau to give a talk. We were not close friends during high school. Lately, however, we had been chatting over social media messaging platform about common intellectual interests—feminism, racism, pedagogy—and more mundanely, ventingContinue reading “The Hurt In Us (Part Three)”

The Hurt In Us (Part Two)

Wars, colonialism, immigration, communism, toxic masculinity, domestic violence, and intergenerational trauma—how my family’s story inspired me to be a better parent, made me determined to break the toxic cycle, and fight against systems of oppression.