Where Am I As a Novelist?

This is a post that I’ve been meaning to write for a couple of months, but I feel that now is the right time to finally do it. This will most definitely retract statements I had made in interviews I did earlier this year. And just as a heads up that this isn’t meant to bash or pit blame on anyone in particular, but rather to explain where I’m at and what I’ve been feeling.

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Stop Asian Hate: Required Action

I took last week off from blogging to deal with the grief, stress, anger, and fear I’ve been following the hate crime in Atlanta. Yes, unlike the police department that has failed in so many ways with handling the crime, I’m referring to it as what it is: a hate crime. Continue reading “Stop Asian Hate: Required Action”

365 Days

Throughout this past week, many people – public figures and otherwise – have been marking one year since life upended as they know it. Today is my turn. One year ago today was when I was last onsite at my day job’s office. Other people I knew had already started working from home about a week before I did and just from the looks of my commutes, they were getting emptier and emptier. I was not surprised when, while commuting home that day, I received an email from work, saying that we would be working from home for the next two weeks. Little did I, or anyone else for that matter, expect for those supposed few weeks to turn into a year. And yet even as I arrived home that day, I looked back at the outside world, with a lurking feeling that it would be the last time for a very long while where I’d be able to roam about it as freely as I did that day. Continue reading “365 Days”

Racism is a Virus Part II: REQUIRED Research

As disgusted as I am that we’re nearly a year into this pandemic, I’m even more so at the ongoing attacks against the Asian American community. While xenophobia towards Asian Americans is nothing new in this country, there’s been a spike in attacks over the past year in response to the surge of COVID-19 cases. From March 19th-December 31st of last year, Stop AAPI Hate had 2,808 reports of hate crimes collected (a thorough breakdown of this data can be found here). Continue reading “Racism is a Virus Part II: REQUIRED Research”

What Did I Miss?: July 2020

Published Works

Elaine Miles Reflect Back on Auditioning, Filming, and Native Representation for ‘Northern Exposure’ – For The Nerds of Color, I chat with one of the original cast members of this Emmy Award-winning series for a look back of her time on the show, to commemorate its 30th anniversary.

Drama Del Rosario’s Coming Out Story in ‘In This Family’ Looks Back on Growth, His Own and His Parents – For PBS, I provide a glimpse at the making of this personal documentary, which is in the lineup for this year’s PBS Short Film Festival. (A slightly altered cross-post can be found on CAAMedia.org).

25 Years of Encouraging Dream Pursuits in ‘Whisper of the Heart’ – For The Nerds of Color, I dissect this underrated Studio Ghibli film on its impact and its message it has had over the last 25 years.

Review of Haunted Heroine by Sarah Kuhn – For Goodreads, I give my impressions on the latest novel from the beloved “Heroine Complex” series.

From ‘Rise’ to ‘Shadows,’ F.C. Yee on Deepening the Story of Avatar Kyoshi – For The Nerds of Color, I interview this New York Times Bestselling author once more, ahead of the release of this latest installment of the ever-expanding Avatar universe.

Review of The Shadow of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee – For Goodreads, I dive into my thoughts on this latest story from the “Avatar” universe.

Lauren Mary Kim on Developing and Performing Stunts for Two ‘Star Wars’ Productions – For The Nerds of Color, I speak with this seasoned stunt actor about working on not one but two TV shows set in a galaxy far, far away.

Review of The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan – For Goodreads, I dive into my impressions on this in-depth sophomore novel.

About the Journals Pt. III

It’s been over two years since I last addressed this topic, and yet it feels like there has been enough change in the times for me to talk about it once more.

The last time I wrote about my constantly growing collection of journals, it was through the lens of writing about the day-to-day during a crazy political climate. While that much is still very much true now, obviously the circumstances have altered quite a bit. Over 18 years after I started actively keeping a journal, I now find myself writing through a global pandemic. Continue reading “About the Journals Pt. III”

Thoughts About Fiction in the Time of COVID-19

A few months ago, I read the latest novel from the thoughtful sci-fi author Mike Chen, A Beginning at the End. I won’t go into too much detail about it, but if I were to describe it in a very brief synopsis, it follows three adults from different paths of life and how they all find themselves coming together, in the aftermath of – wait for it it – a global pandemic. Continue reading “Thoughts About Fiction in the Time of COVID-19”

A Time to Create and Support Creatives

Three months ago on New Year’s Eve, I think it’s fair to say that many of us weren’t expecting the first major pandemic in over a century would kick off the beginning of the 2020’s, and yet here we are. Movies, conventions, and sporting events are being postponed or cancelled completely. People who work in the medical field, restaurant industries, banks, and grocery stores are busier than ever. This week in the Bay Area, a shelter-in-place went into effect for the next few weeks. Countries like Italy are on complete lockdown. We can’t see any family or friends in person aside from those who we already live with, and for people like me, it’s already driving me bats. Continue reading “A Time to Create and Support Creatives”