A man with a leaf-pattern shirt takes me by the shoulders, and I instinctively turn my head. He kisses me, quickly, in the space between my cheek and my mouth. I laugh like I’ve swallowed something sharp, and back away.
These men want to fuck me.
Writing by Saima.
I have come to call this the turmeric tax: it’s the price that Eastern traditions have to pay in order to enter into Western consciousness.
Writing by Aditi Joshi
My adoptive parents had never heard of this genetic condition and consequently never warned me about it. Regardless, this was a tangible, physical phenomenon connecting me to my Chinese ancestry, whether I liked it or not.
Writing by Ashley Dawn Louise Bach
Art by Tina Lê and Helen Yu
A conversation between Sarah Gotowka and Carrie Freshour explores their shared experience of being transnational Korean adoptees, and their lasting friendship and sisterhood that grew after a chance encounter at Taste of Thai Express.
Writing by Sarah Gotowka and Carrie Freshour
“His nenggan had ignited and embers were falling. I began to plead with my father. My voice cracked over the “pleases” and my brother began to echo me, his words wavering. I looked over and noticed my mother’s white knuckles.”
Writing by Lianne Xiao
Illustration by Loren Yeung
"I realized that I couldn’t let my job define my entire life anymore. I had to do something else to sustain my happiness by giving myself something to look forward to.
Which is when I started to draw again."
Writing by Jieun Lee
Illustrations by Jieun Lee
9th grade. That’s when I started to examine my own skin.
Writing by Simon Tran
Illustration by Keet Geniza
I am only knee deep, but after flailing helplessly for twenty minutes it is clear that I am drowning. It takes several additional minutes to accustom myself to this fact, for it feels like a failure as fundamental as forgetting how to breathe.
Writing by Nina Sudhakar
Photography by Saima Desai
"In the wake of everyday assaults on self-image and personal relationships that Asian men face, I feel the need to push back, to create new understandings of Asian masculinity. At the same time, I wonder if the masculinity that we want to reclaim, the masculinity we feel has been taken from us, is even one worth fighting for."
Writing: Marc Shi
Illustration: Ensley Chau
Escaping Eden, a fashion photo-essay by Kai Cheng Thom, shot by Võ Thiên Việt.
"What I always wondered was why there was such a futile search for “real” Chinese food, while something like pizza, another ubiquitous North American dish with many regional variations brought in by immigrants, could exist without attacks on its supposed (lack of) authenticity."
Writing: David Wang
Illustration: Kevin Lee
"‘Race’ as a category simply isn’t used or discussed in Canada as it is in the US, and there is much more emphasis on individual ethnic groups preserving and maintaining their cultural identities. Put overly simply, while I could be Asian American in the US, I was Chinese Canadian in Canada."
Writing: Marc Shi
Illustration: Elizabeth Matus