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…

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.…

To All the (Asian) Boys I’ve Loved Before: #AsianLove, and Why Representation Matters

(14 min read) When I was in my teens, one of my favorite films to watch was The Forbidden Kingdom, a Chinese-American film produced in 2008. Starring Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Collin Chou, Liu Yifei, and Li Bingbing, it was a film seemingly gift-wrapped for me. It featured two of my favorite actors—Jackie Chan and…

California Film Tax Credit Bill

(1 min read) Call to Action: The Asian Pacific Islander Caucus in California has worked to pass a bill (Senate Bill No. 871 Chapter 54) that aims to decrease whitewashing historically rampant in Hollywood. Roles and characters specifically meant for Asian Americans are often re-cast and given to white actors. Recent examples of this are…