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 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 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,”…

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.…

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…

To The Rise of Asian Enclaves

(14 min read) Two years ago, I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Southern California for a new job and unknowingly stumbled into the biggest Asian minority enclave community in the United States. I love it: restaurants with entirely Chinese menus that serve complimentary warm tea instead of iced water; establishments that openly…

Superman Is An Asian American Man – Part 1

Part 1 of 2 (14 min read time) Personal Essay by Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] “Jeff Yang used to talk about how Superman is an Asian American: He has black hair, he wears glasses, he has two different names — an American name, Clark Kent, and a foreign name, Kal-El, with a hyphen in…