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…

Organizing the Asian American Community: Lessons From An Asian Frat (Part 2)

(8 min read time) ASIAN AMERICAN MEN MUST EVOLVE “There is no “I” in Iotas.” — Motto of Iota Class According to famous American anarchist and feminist writer Voltairine de Cleyre in her widely cited 1912 essay “Direct Action”¹², direct action consists of the following: “Every person who ever thought he had a right to…

Organizing the Asian American Community: Lessons From An Asian Frat (Part 1)

“Brother: L L L Phiii… Actives: E, YOU KNOW!” ON THE ORIGINS OF ORDER “Delta stands for change.” — Keith, #28 Delta Class Evolution is a biological theory. We have no idea how it actually works. No reputable scientist disputes the theory, of course. It’s well-established and a given that we somehow made it from…

Where Are All My Asian American Superheroes?

(13 min read) “These men are all talk. What we need is action—action!” — John Brown, slavery abolitionist Over the past weekend, I met up with Paget Kagy, my co-host for Not Your Asian Sidekick¹, at Sweetea Bar on the corner of W 6th St and Westmoreland in K-Town LA. I hadn’t seen Paget in…

Racist Love in 2018: My Experiences with Asian American Activism

(10 min read time)   It all began with an Asian American Fiction class. A young Korean American college student, I eagerly awaited my first-ever Asian American Studies course. Class-required readings included very representative and completely unproblematic Asian American classics such as Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club and Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You.…