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Something I did a lot growing up was cast films for books I just finished reading. Today, I found my last member of the ka-tet from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. I know, I know, Idris Elba played Roland in the recent movie that did come out (which I have not seen). And he kind of is perfect for the role, so why not?


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cw: murder and some Armie Hammer adjacent stuff. Reader discretion advised. This is not a happy post. I was not happy writing it, and I am still not happy having finished it. It is what it is.

In January 2020, Greg and I attended Sundance Film Festival where we unknowingly became part of the few hundred to see “Into the Deep,” the documentary about the inventor Peter Madsen who brutally murdered the journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade submarine. …

Dorothea Lange photograph of a Japanese American storefront

Yesterday was Japanese Day of Remembrance, the day FDR signed Executive Order 9066 in 1942, thereby incarcerating 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, the majority being American. Innocent until proven guilty does not apply, apparently, when non-white foreign attackers look like you. Families who had established lives and businesses were uprooted. Families that have been in the United States already for a few generations were sent to live in 10 concentration camps scattered throughout the west/mountain-west (one was located in Topaz, Utah, the state in which I live).

I reflect as a Chinese American today when assault on Asians, both American…

Belated “Best of 2020” lists of the books, TV, music, movies, and podcasts I consumed in the year of isolation.

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Let’s be friends on Goodreads! Here are my Top 10 from this year, not including rereads or pregnancy/parenting books:

  • Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion | Jia Tolentino (everyone should read this, imo)
  • First: Sandra Day O’Connor | Evan Thomas
  • Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot | Mikki Kendall
  • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World | Anand Giridharadas
  • The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men | Caroline Criado Perez
  • Watchmen | Alan Moore
  • The Dark Tower Series, Books 1–4 | Stephen King
  • Minor…

Nothing can really prepare you for the first two weeks with a baby. You can read all about it—the sleep deprivation, the breastfeeding learning curve, the postpartum healing, etc.—but the literature does not compare to being in the throes of it all.

The 48 hours in the hospital after the birth were full of naps and nurses taking vitals and helping with breastfeeding and poking at you to make sure your uterus is finding its way back and spouting information at you. It is a lot, and you will forget most of it (e.g. you need to supplement breastfeeding with…

My first words seeing her: “This is crazy!”

Our room for 72 hours

I never thought that labor and delivery would be something I would write about. Don’t you just go into the hospital and then come out with a baby? And yada yada yada. But this was so special and, upon further reflection, spiritual too.

Greg and I woke Monday morning and finished the last bit of what we needed to pack in order to make it to the hospital at 6:45 AM. After getting there, we checked in and then we met our first nurse and intern. They were tasked with putting the IV in me, and ouch. My beluga whale…

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Folklore tells of an invisible people who populate the Nordic island country. The modern generations of Iceland no longer pay heed to them; however, the “hidden folk” prove time and time again to their visitors they don’t need the belief of mere mortals to exist.

In November 2014, I flew to Iceland with four friends to the Iceland Airwaves music festival. After the second worst Halloween ever and a good six months into my first full-time job after graduating, the trip came at the perfect time. The cement walls of the Keflavík airport welcomingly echoed back my footsteps as I…

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When I was younger, I played a lot of hide-and-seek. I would hear the joyous reunions of the hiders and the seeker from my own hiding spot, and my heart pounded each time I thought they would find me. But I was never found. I was ok with it then. It made me feel like I was a good hider.

Now I am older and sometimes I make sure no one can find me. But I am afraid of those times because I can hide for a long time and I am more afraid that no one would ever seek…

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Originally published on my company internal newsletter.

Asian Americans are the least likely racial group in the United States to be promoted to management, despite being in a racial group that makes up 12% of the professional workforce — while making up 5.6% of the U.S. population. The large number of us in the workforce obviously doesn’t mean there’s a lack of finding Asian American talent, so why are there so few of us in management and executive positions, fewer than those who are black or Hispanic? Why is it that my white counterparts are twice as likely to be…

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I read 44 books this year. In order of when I read them, my “best of” are:

  • The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
  • Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
  • Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Circe, by Madeline Miller — Honorable Mention
  • Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Good Omens, by Terry Pratchet & Neil Gaiman
  • Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, by Rebecca Traister
  • Fun House: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel
  • Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller — WINNER of Eden’s Best Of Books
  • American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment, by Shane Bauer — Honorable Mention

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