I Dream of New York-New York Trip No. 106 (or so)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

I find New York City comforting. It comes with the territory I suppose, as I’ve spent a lot of my formative years making day trips to the city. For a long time, I never wanted to live in the city but recently, I’ve come to appreciate the familiar feelings of recollection and comfort as I venture around New York.

As I get older, I appreciate the spontaneity in the trips that I make, a departure from the checklist trips that I plan obsessively. I’ve started to realize that as time becomes more precious and valuable, there’s something about letting loose and living, getting caught up in the memories that are made from the things that may not happen as planned. I want to feel the city, breath in the smells and live it, instead of seeing it as an obstacle to be conquered.

I was in the city with my newly-minted New Yorker friend, Jenny, who I’ve known for nearly thirteen years, and we explored Brooklyn, Nolita and a bit of East Village.

Here are some snippets of our adventures:

Go to a brewery even though I’m not a beer person.

The Fortunes + American Panda: Stories of Belonging

Monday, March 12, 2018

Recently I read two really great books that explore what belonging as an immigrant in American society. One book deals with belonging as a Chinese-American throughout major points in history and the other deals with belonging as a Taiwanese-American teen. 

Behind Every Woman, There Are Other Women: Happy International Women's Day

Thursday, March 8, 2018

It’s International Women’s Day today and I wanted to give a shout out to the women who inspire me, both online and offline. Let's support and uplift women.

On Representation

Monday, March 5, 2018

Hi, hello. I haven’t blogged as much as I’d like since “returning” to blogging but I am spending time pitching and writing articles to publications (hopefully they’ll see the light of the internet eventually).

Something that did make it to the internet recently is this short piece I did for Mochi, about the importance of accurate representation in TV, especially network TV. Fresh Off the Boat had their Lunar New Year episode a couple weeks ago and they used 50% Mandarin dialogue, which is so exciting.

“What I love about the show is that it reflected some of the experiences I had growing up, such as the scene in the pilot episode where Eddie wants to fit in with his classmates and bring Lunchables to school, because they mocked his homemade noodles. Before that, I hadn’t really seen accurate portrayals of my own experiences on network TV, beyond stereotyped caricatures… It’s not an overly dramatic or exoticized portrayal, which is exactly what we need. For too long, Asian Americans have been shown in the media as “other,” but “Ride the Tiger” instead shows how relatable these characters’ lives are, despite knowing a second language.”

Representation in the media is a finicky beast. For every positive representation, there seems to be two steps backward. Within publishing, there are whispers of publishers and agents seeing the diverse books movement as a trend. I want to shout from the rooftops, “Goddamnit, my life, my experiences and my identity are not trends or marketing strategies.

5 Inspiring and Informative Podcasts to Listen to On the Go

Monday, January 22, 2018

After listening to what feels like the same 10 songs (I don’t think I can stand another play of Havana) on the radio during my commute, I told myself I needed to listen to something else. I have a hard time multitasking on public transit but my commutes just seemed so unproductive.

Podcasts seemed like a good solution because I can learn something on the go. I’m currently interested in learning how people get to where they are now, improving my life and exploring my other interests. Here are some of the podcasts that I’m listening to and loving right now.

So It Goes

Thursday, January 4, 2018

We’re here at the  beginning of yet another year. I don’t do year end posts/new year resolution posts very often (I don’t think I’ve ever done one in recent memory) but I thought it would be a fun thing to do for me with the things that I’ve read recently that sum up 2017 and plans for 2018 as well.
I spent the first day of the year going to a frozen waterfall in cold and windy weather thinking it was quite cold, only to find myself in a bomb cyclone days later. Such is life. 

Personalized Leather Key Strap Tutorial

Friday, December 22, 2017

I'm a do-it-yourself girl, through and through. When the holiday season rolled around and holiday cards (and gifts) were in order, I turned to the good ol' Internet for DIY ideas. In previous years, I used to make paper craft holiday cards, personalizing each design to the receiver's interests, but quite frankly, I don't have time for that anymore.

This year, I made friends (and family) personalized leather key straps as presents (friends, sorry for the early surprise!). I've been a fan of them since I always have to dig for my keys inside of my bag (doesn't that happen to everyone?) and I wanted to make them myself. After some quick research, I bought the appropriate supplies and went to work.

Google tells me leather is a second anniversary gift so if you're scrambling for a gift, this may be a good option. It's also a great gift for the holidays and other occasions. 

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