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…

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…

Rediscovering Asian American Identity Through Combat Art

(14 min read) “What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?” — Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man When I first started delving into online Asian Diaspora spaces this year, one word I constantly saw thrown around was “self-hate,”…

JttW #36: Andrew Zimmern and Dolce & Gabbana Controversies

By Sen Tien Vi, J, Sen and Wen discuss controversies from last month including the Andrew Zimmern calling Chinese American food "horseshit", D&G ad controversy and subsequent boycotts, neo-Nazi Hank Yoo getting arrested and former proud boy leader Gavin McInnes being denied entry into Australia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaImdgkROyY&w=480&h=270 Find us on Twitter: Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/JttWPodcast J. Maraan: http://twitter.com/j_maraan Sen Tien: http://twitter.com/sen_tient…

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…