At the beginning of this month I started writing boy JOY and food. This is what I wrote:
“Something that's been on my mind SO MUCH recently are Hong Kong egg tarts (dan tat). Growing up my parents would get a whole box of them from a Chinese bakery from Oakland Chinatown, and after dinner they would pop them into the toaster oven. The outer pastry would get all toasty and crispy. And the sweet custard filling would get piping hot. OMG they were so good!! Or sometimes on a weekend afternoon, we would have it as a midday tea time.
I have so many memories like this that I don't want to forget. Memories that bring JOY. And so many involve food! I'm thinking about an ongoing series about it.”
THEN AT THE END OF THE MONTH…
During my trip home to the Bay Area, my cousin, Haley brought dan tat’s when we hung out at my sister’s house!! I got to sink my teeth into the delicious custardy sweet flaky dessert, and it did not disappoint. And the day before that, I got to interview my mom for Intersectional Fridays about what childhood food gave her joy and gives her joy recalling the memories - WATCH THE INTERVIEW. It was so special for me to have her be part of the project and to share the JOY of being with my mom with my IG audience.
SO sometimes I’m surprised what resonates with people online - I didn’t predict the reaction from this one post. It resulted in so many women sharing in their thoughts about their own experiences with PMS and also the desire of wanting to reclaim the PMS narrative, which is drenched in misogyny. The reactions also showed how suppressed these sorts of conversations are. There is a lot of shame of us talking about our bodies, periods, hormones, emotions, and it’s sad. I’m hoping to reshape how I interact with these topics with others that reclaims the beauty of humans. I’m including this, because PMS actually does inspire me to connect with my body deeper and also it inspires me to create more helpful/growing conversations with people.
Sri lanka Bombing
Waking up to the attack of churches in Sri Lanka was absolutely devastating, heartbreaking, and enraging. 2019 Easter will forever be marked with this horrendous tragedy.
It made think about the privilege Christians have in America. There are so many privileges I benefit from, and that one is a big one that I take for granted all the time. And when I was having Easter lunch with people I loved, it made me so thankful for the life and relationships I had around me.
I’m going to a talk between Celeste Ng and Eve L. Ewing next week, and I am SO EXCITED!
Another Murakami book this month! Loved it. It was a quick read, and I’m already looking forward to another Murakami novel.
By chandler dean
SUCH a truth filled satirical article that makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time.
By rachel hatzipanagos // washington post
Gosh I love Brene Brown. I remember watching her TED talk, reading Daring Greatly and listing to Power of Vulnerbility all in 2012/2013. Her work has been fundamental in my journey and has really shaped how I make decisions. I highly recommend you watching this special!
Lizzo came out with this BRILLIANT album near the end of April, but this has been the soundtrack of my life since then.
Week 14 of #TWintersectionalfridays! My featured guest is Jo from @lemonwearsclothes! Her writing made me tear up so many times. It really hit home for me, and reading it made me feel so not alone in this healing process. Every Friday I feel alittle bit more connected to this community of truly loving people who are embracing themselves and others in such a beautiful and badass way. I love how @lemonwearsclothes finished the interview: "I am learning to take up space. I am learning to be whole." We are doing it together!
Liz Kleinrock of Teach and Transform is someone I greatly admire. She is an incredible elementary teacher, social justice advocate, anti-bias educator, and a curriculum designer, TED Speaker, and a professional development facilitator. If you haven’t already, watch her TED TALK. Visit her WEBSITE. And support her on PATREON. I have learned so much from her and have been personally have been very encouraged by her support of me and my work. She really makes me feel supported and understood, which is so incredibly generous of her. For the month of May she is amplifying the voices of many Asian/Pacific Islander Americans as an ode to Asian Pacific American Heritage month. Make sure you’re following her and following her prompts of how to be more aware of ASI! I’m also one of the people she will be featuring this month!
Bay area trip
I was home for a couple days at the end of April, and it filled my heart up to the max. SO MUCH JOY. I got to spend the first day with my besties Lisa and Kayleigh. And the rest of the time was catching up and hanging with my family including some of my cousins. But obviously the highlight was my baby niece!!!! I am so in love with her!!! I’m so thankful to be her aunty and I’m looking forward to watching her grow up.
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