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,”…

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…

Superman Is An Asian American Man – Part 2

Part 2 of 2 (15 min read time) Personal Essay by Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] TRUTH “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” — Proverbs 9:10 God said to Moses, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” — Exodus 33:20 Death is real (as…

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…

The Asian American Century: A Brief Historiography of Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and the Creation of Modern Asian America in the 20th Century – Part 5

Part 5 of 5 (12 min read time) Written by Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] ASIAN AMERICA AT THE END OF HISTORY “After the Duke had taken Romagna and had found it governed by powerless lords who had been more anxious to plunder their subjects than to govern them and had given them reason for…

The Asian American Century: A Brief Historiography of Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and the Creation of Modern Asian America in the 20th Century – Part 4

Part 4 of 5 (10 min read time) Written by Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] CASH RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME (CREAM), DOLLAR DOLLAR BILLS Y’ALL The same year that Pinochet and his Chicago gang were pulling off their miraculous heist in Chile, the world was hit by an oil crisis⁸¹.  Or rather, the imperialist nations…