Oculus (Part 1)

Holding an Ontological Mirror Up to The Model Minority (16 min read) “Dokkaebi are legendary creatures from Korean mythology and folklore.  Dokkaebi, also known as Korean goblins, possess extraordinary powers and abilities that are used to interact with humans, at times playing tricks on them and at times helping them.  Most Korean legends have Dokkaebi…

The Interstitial Zone (Part 5)

What Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, and the Esoteric Can Teach Asian America About Love (10 min read) DARE TO BE MAD “Navigation brought man face to face with the uncertainty of destiny, where each is left to himself and every departure might always be the last.  The madman on his crazy boat sets sail for…

The Interstitial Zone (Part 4)

What Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, and the Esoteric Can Teach Asian America About Love (8 min read) SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH “Space is big.  Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is.  I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the…

The Interstitial Zone (Part 3)

What Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, and the Esoteric Can Teach Asian America About Love (16 min read) THE WIZARDING WORLD OF WHITE SUPREMACY “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” — Arthur C. Clarke According to French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Jacques Lacan, the Signifier refers to something that refers to something else³⁸.  A good…

The Interstitial Zone (Part 2)

What Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, and the Esoteric Can Teach Asian America About Love (15 min read) ONLINE DATING AS A MICROCOSM OF ASIAN AMERICA “Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe.” — Galileo “Microcosm and Macrocosm” refers to a vision of the cosmos where an individual part (microcosm) reflects the…

The Interstitial Zone (Part 1)

What Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, and the Esoteric Can Teach Asian America About Love (14 min read) in·ter·stice /inˈtərstəs/ noun 1.  an intervening space, especially a very small one. WORLD OF DIS-ENCHANTMENT “My son, do not despair; there was once a grain of sand that lamented that it was no more than a neglected atom…

My Fellow Asian-Americans, Dare to Be Avant-Garde (Part 3)

An Essay on Art, Science, Literature, Philosophy, and the Psychopathology of Asian America (15 min read) THE MEANING OF LIFE “The unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates According to Douglas Hofstadter, American professor of cognitive science, AI researcher, and part of the same Santa Fe Institute crew as Stuart Kauffman, human consciousness is…