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…

My Fellow Asian-Americans, Dare to Be Avant-Garde (Part 2)

An Essay on Art, Science, Literature, Philosophy, and the Psychopathology of Asian America (9 min read) SELF-AWARENESS IS KEY “The enemy is not the other.  The enemy is you.” — Krishnamurti But enough about the French!  I harbor no special love for the French people, especially when their racist cops fatally shot a Chinese man…

My Fellow Asian-Americans, Dare to Be Avant-Garde (Part 1)

An Essay on Art, Science, Literature, Philosophy, and the Psychopathology of Asian America (14 min read)   “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” — Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People FROM BESPOKE TO BROKE TO…

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…

What Is Asian Love? An Inquiry into the Praxis of Radical Love – Part 4

Part 4 of 4 (12 min read time) By Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] LIBERTY IS NOT ABSOLUTE FREEDOM I was tired of my lady, we’d been together too long Like a worn-out recording, of a favorite song So while she lay there sleeping, I read the paper in bed And in the personals column,…

What Is Asian Love? An Inquiry into the Praxis of Radical Love – Part 3

Part 3 of 4 (8 min read time) By Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE ALSO FROM MARS Jesus told them, “If you don’t have a sword, sell some of your clothes and buy one.” — Luke 22:36 According to Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy Will Kymlicka in his…

What Is Asian Love? An Inquiry into the Praxis of Radical Love – Part 2

Part 2 of 4 (15 min read time) By Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] RADICAL LOVE AS PRAXIS “God is Love.” – 1 John 4:8 “There can be no Love without Justice.” – bell hooks What is Radical Love? The best scholarly articulation I’ve personally seen of Radical Love is by American sociologist George N.…

What Is Asian Love? An Inquiry into the Praxis of Radical Love – Part 1

Part 1 of 4 (12 min read time) By Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] “Unless we know ourselves and our history, and other people and their history, there is really no way that we can really have a positive kind of interaction where there is real understanding.” – Yuri Kochiyama What, exactly, is “Asian American…