What LC Read: Vol. 11

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Holy shit, this book was so good. It is so refreshing to read Asian American literature that doesn't tether itself to generational sacrifice or duty. This book transcends ancestral suffering and instead allows Asian American characters to pursue self-actualization -- like what?! When did we get to this place? How can we stay here? Such a necessary, articulate book about race, art, and the awful pressure put upon creators who engage with both (voluntarily or not). That being said, this book broke me a little - as great books should - and I am still sad thinking about it. 
In 1988, Eric Cho, an aspiring writer, arrives at Macalester College. On his first day he meets a beautiful fledgling painter, Jessica Tsai, and another would-be novelist, the larger-than-life Joshua Yoon. Brilliant, bawdy, generous, and manipulative, Joshua alters the course of their lives, rallying them together when they face an adolescent act of racism. As adults in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the three friends reunite as the 3AC, the Asian American Artists Collective - together negotiating the demands of art, love, commerce, and idealism until another racially tinged controversy hits the headlines, this time with far greater consequences. Long after the 3AC has disbanded, Eric reflects on these events as he tries to make sense of Joshua's recent suicide.
With wit, humor, and compassion, The Collective explores the dream of becoming an artist, and questions whether the reality is worth the sacrifice.

Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors | Sarah Stodola
I didn't enjoy this one much, but I guess I also didn't pick it up for the correct reasons. I thought it would be quick, juicy biographies of great writers (like an adult version of my favorite children's series by Kathleen Krull) but it was, as promised, literally about their writing processes. Likely because I am a mediocre and unimportant writer who has no real creative process herself, I find this obsession with "processes" strange and unproductive. Like how some people are obsessed with the routines of powerful C-suite executives, as if also checking your e-mail while doing push-ups were realistic or key to any sort of success.
Ernest Hemingway, Zadie Smith, Joan Didion, Franz Kafka, David Foster Wallace, and more. In Process, acclaimed journalist Sarah Stodola examines the creative methods of literature’s most transformative figures. Each chapter contains a mini biography of one of the world’s most lauded authors, focused solely on his or her writing process. Unlike how-to books that preach writing techniques or rules, Process puts the true methods of writers on display in their most captivating incarnation: within the context of the lives from which they sprang. Drawn from both existing material and original research and interviews, Stodola brings to light the fascinating, unique, and illuminating techniques behind these literary behemoths. 

Past Lives, Future Bodies | Kristin Chang
I am literally obsessed with Kristin Chang and have a Q&A for TaiwaneseAmerican.org with her forthcoming. But as a spoiler, her poetry is stunning, explosive, "holy shit, wow."
PAST LIVES, FUTURE BODIES is a knife-sharp and nimble examination of migration, motherhood, and the malignant legacies of racism. In this collection, family forms both a unit of survival and a framework for history, agency, and recovery. Chang undertakes a visceral exploration of the historical and unfolding paths of lineage and what it means to haunt body and country. These poems traverse not only the circularity of trauma but the promise of regeneration—what grows from violence and hatches from healing—as Chang embodies each of her ghosts and invites the specter to speak. 

The Visibles | Sara Shepard
I read this before looking it up on goodreads, and I'm so glad I did because it does not deserve its poor ratings! Sara Shepard, better-known for authoring "Pretty Little Liars," has such unexpectedly lyrical intuition. Readers expecting the straightforward plot of PLL will be disappointed because nothing terribly exciting happens for the bulk of the book. But if you've ever had to make a choice between personhood and filial duty, this is the book that will linger with you and maybe help you feel less alone. 
In a novel consumed by the uncertainties of science, the flaws of our parents, and enough loss and longing to line a highway, Sara Shepard is a penetrating chronicler of the adolescence we all carry into adulthood: how what happens to you as a kid never leaves you, how the fallibility of your parents can make you stronger, and how being right isn't as important as being wise. From the backwoods of Pennsylvania to the brownstones of Brooklyn Heights, "The Visibles" investigates the secrets of the past, and the hidden corners of our own hearts, to find out whether real happiness is a gift or a choice.

Your Starter Kit to Voting in Midterm Elections

Monday, October 15, 2018

“Not to own the means of production can lead to premature death, but not to own the means of representation is also a kind of death.” 
V I E T  T H A N H  N G U Y E N  |  T H E  S Y M P A T H I Z E R 

Apologies to Nguyen because I use this quote for literally everything, but it's so true in so many ways. From creating representation in literature/media to choosing representation in the state, if you have a need, it is worth addressing, and it worth finding the resources and people who will do that for you. 

When are the midterm elections?

Where do I go to vote?
Find your nearest polling place here
I personally really like voting by mail so I can take my sweet time and double-check my research. This isn't an option for every state, though -- so check! I know some people are also concerned about their ballots being lost in the mail. 

Follow-up: What exactly are the midterm elections?
The midterm elections are largely, but not totally, a referendum on Trump's presidency thus far. While he remains in office, we have the opportunity to vote on every seat in the House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate and 39 state and territorial governships. You can read an overview of the incumbents here
So no, the election doesn't really ask what you want -- it asks who you want to elect to help get you what you want (though some states have ballot measures that serve the former). Either way, prepare to do a bit of research! More on how to "study" below.

Am I registered to vote?
You can check your registration status with Vote.org's "Am I Registered to Vote" service! The deadline to register in California is Monday, 22 October, but if you miss the deadline you can still register at an election office and vote with a provisional ballot! You can confirm your state's registration deadline here.
If you are a student attending college out-of-state, you can either register in your home state or in the jurisdiction of your school (for example, I went to college in Missouri, but I registered in California). 

We're not interested in reinventing the wheel, so we've gathered some resources below that can better explain some FAQ. 

What are the issues at stake?
TL;DR: Climate change, immigration, healthcare, racism, abortion, gun control, economic policy, the Trump/Russia collusion investigation, foreign relations, voting rights, housing, and education

How can I prepare to cast an informed vote?
Do a practice run!
Ballotpedia contains "neutral, accurate, and verifiable information on government officials and the offices they hold, political issues and public policy, elections, candidates, and the influencers of politics." You can enter your registered address to learn more about the ballots you'll be voting on, as well as the candidates running for state/regional/local office. To research judges further, you'll want to look at their voting record, endorsements, and party affiliations (since most will be listed as nonpartisan).  

Other great resources are:
I LOVE THIS ONE. Vote Save America is a snappier, really well-designed version of Ballotpedia, with comprehensive information about each candidate's established stance on important issues, from abortion/contraception to wages/job benefits. It also breaks down each proposition to discuss: who supports it, who opposes it, what you endorse by voting no, and what you endorse by voting yes. Best of all, you can save all of your voting preferences and print it out as a cheat sheet for the real ballot (which likely will not be as cute as this one). 

Look up any candidate's biography, established positions, performance ratings, past speeches, and documented funding. You can also do a keyword search to see whether they've discussed anything of particular importance to you. (I always look up "Asian American" and "Taiwan"!) 

Additional Resources
Congressional primaries are the neglected stepchildren of American elections.  And yet, these races have a profound impact on policymaking in the United States. By examining who runs, who votes, and who wins in congressional primaries, The Primaries Project offers insights into what’s happening in the Republican and Democratic parties—and where the future of American politics is headed.
Discusses questions such as: "who can make history this year?" (Answer: many people, including Stacey Abrams, who could be the first African-American woman to lead a state, and Christine Hallquist, the first transgender candidate to be nominated for governor by a major party!) 
The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), founded in 1996, is a coalition of 34 national Asian Pacific American organizations around the country. Based in Washington D.C., NCAPA serves to represent the interests of the greater Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for AA and NHPI issues. Note that the fact sheets are a little old!
Asian and Pacific Islander American Resources
Nearly one-third of Asian Americans have difficulty communicating in English. Did you know that Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act allows voters to bring someone into the voting booth to help them understand and cast a ballot? Do your parents, aunties, and church elders know this? Download multilingual fact sheets about voting rights here to share with your diasporic communities. 
Asian Americans have been part of the American story since its earliest days, and are now the U.S.'s fastest-growing racial group with the potential and power to shape our nation and the policies that affect us. Our mission is to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. 
A survey released today by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and AAPIData reveals many insights into the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, including their voting plans for House and Senate races in 2018, and various issue priorities such as education, health care, and the state of the economy.  In addition to election-related topics, the survey also contains key opinion data on affirmative action, labor protections, and immigration policy, including the administration’s recently announced plans to revoke the legal status of immigrants with green cards who have used government assistance.
 More soon!

Why the Away Suitcase is (Unfortunately) Overrated

Image Source: Away
Part of me feels horrible writing this post as a bunch of my favorite people in the world got me the Away Bigger Carry-On as a present last December. The other part of me feels the need to tell everyone in the world to save their money and not get this suitcase.

Here's what I like about the Away suitcase:
The CUSTOMER SERVICE is amazing. 10/10 would totally recommend that other companies follow in Away's footsteps. Every interaction I've had with their customer service left me feeling like an extremely valued customer. They also have an amazing 100 Day "No Questions Asked" Return policy!

The nice, little LAUNDRY BAG they include is pretty convenient. I enjoy being able to throw my dirty laundry into a separate bag that's already included in the suitcase.

Here are things that are "ok" about the Away suitcase:
The BATTERY PACK is nice, but in this day and age it seems like everyone who needs a battery pack usually already carries one around. It's good for emergencies, but otherwise the battery pack is way too heavy and I don't like to carry it around in my purse or in my bags when it's not in my suitcase.

The suitcase also includes a THREE DIGIT LOCK, but this feature seems pretty standard nowadays.

It also comes with a nice soft LUGGAGE TAG, but alas... it was a weak luggage tag and somehow mine broke and is now lost somewhere in an airport or in some baggage cart or in a plane.

But here are the things that make the suitcase 100% not worth it to me:
The WHEELS of this suitcase are so weak and the bane of my consulting existence. If you're going over a slight bump, you better be ready to tug the hell out of the suitcase. The wheels seem like they were made for the indoors (e.g. airports) and not for "rough" terrain like NYC sidewalks. While it's great that the wheels are 360 wheels, what's the point when I have to roughly drag the suitcase everywhere I go. The suitcase also just feels incredibly heavy to use if you have a ton of clothes in it. Is it the center of gravity offset by the handle? Is it that the handle is weak too? Is it the weak wheels that make dragging this suitcase anywhere a pain? This still remains a ~painful~ mystery to me.

I started off with a Navy Away suitcase, which I exchanged for the Black one. Why? Well, at first glance the Navy was nice, but after I took that Away on vacation it became super ugly. The color is not that flattering and the EXTERIOR/SHELL gets scratched and ruined so easily. Away claims you can "Mr. Clean Magic Eraser" the marks away or just use some soap and a damp cloth, but NOPE the marks are all still there. My Black Away suitcase looks like I've abused it a lot, when it's just been checked into airports a couple times and stuck in car trunks a couple times with other suitcases.

Overall, it's not a horrible suitcase especially at such a decent price point but I can't get over how horrible the wheels and the shell are. The Away just seems overrated and I wouldn't recommend it to someone who wants to jet set around the world, it's better for someone who is inside airports only.

Hope this helps,

What LC Read: Vol. 10

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Despite an unfortunate string of books I didn't particularly enjoy, I found one that set me on fire and filled me with so much creative energy I've launched not one, not two, but three projects immediately thereafter. Simply put, I'm so happy to be alive, to be a creator of things, even if they are small and unimportant. If you only have time for one, make it the best: You Must Change Your Life, by Rachel Corbett.

You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin | Rachel Corbett
I've said many, many times that I worship Rilke, but I never really wanted to read his biography for fear that he'd be of poor character and it would damage our ~spiritual~ relationship. Unfortunately, I've discovered that he was a terrible husband and an even worse father - two litmus tests for men that are very, very important to me. Somehow, I leave this book loving him even more. I'm also ready to declare a comparable allegiance to Rodin, and I really regret not having read this book prior to visiting Paris (which I did twice!), because it would have completely changed my expectations of the space. I guess I'll have to go a third time. This book is the best biography, about the most important two people, I have ever read in my life.
In 1902, Rainer Maria Rilke—then a struggling poet in Germany—went to Paris to research and write a short book about the sculptor Auguste Rodin. The two were almost polar opposites: Rilke in his twenties, delicate and unknown; Rodin in his sixties, carnal and revered. Yet they fell into an instantaneous friendship. Transporting readers to early twentieth-century Paris, Rachel Corbett’s You Must Change Your Life is a vibrant portrait of Rilke and Rodin and their circle, revealing how deeply Rodin’s ideas about art and creativity influenced Rilke’s classic Letters to a Young Poet.

You Alone Are Real To Me: Remembering Rainer Maria Rilke | Lou Andreas-Salome
To Andreas-Salome, Rilke wrote, "take me, give me a form, finish me." She was the feminine ignition behind all of his best work; it stuns me that people could know each other so intimately to write a book like this one.
Never before available in English, You Alone Are Real to Me documents the relationship between Andreas-Salomé and Rainer Maria Rilke that spanned almost 30 years. Andreas-Salomé gives an intimate account of Rilke’s poetic development from the early romantic poems to the sculpted new poems and the final breakthrough of the Elegies. From their romantic beginnings to the later twists and turns of their separate lives, Rilke appealed to Andreas-Salomé during times of crisis in his writing as well as in the intimate matters of his life. Andreas-Salomé captures both the summit and the abyss of Rilke’s creative struggle. The memoir offers a stunning portrait of Rilke, as we in the English-speaking world have never really seen him. Richly illustrated with photos, this book is an indispensable work on the author of The Duino Elegies, as well as a rich resource for the growing interest in Andreas-Salomé. Angela von der Lippe is a senior editor at W.W. Norton and holds a doctorate in German Literature and Language from Brown University.

The Seasonaires | Janna King
I don't know what compelled me to pick up and persevere through this book, but I hated it. Like the worst parts of Pretty Little Liars meets the worst part of #influencers.
For a twentysomething, there is no summer job better than being a seasonaire - No responsibilities, college is barely a thought, and you’re surrounded by glamorous, beautiful people. When life is this intoxicating and seemingly carefree, what could possibly go wrong?
Acclaimed screenwriting talent Janna King makes her fresh and thrilling debut with The Seasonaires. An idyllic Nantucket summer begins like a dream for scrappy Mia from South Boston; Presley, the gorgeous southern beauty queen; Cole, a handsome introvert; Jade, the sultry daughter of a model and music mogul; J.P., the energetic young designer; and Grant, the playful party-boy. These six are working as seasonaires - influential brand ambassadors - for the clothing line Lyndon Wyld. But like all things that look too good to be true, the darkness lurking underneath slowly rises to the surface.
Lyndon Wyld, the chic British tigress who owns the eponymous business, rules their daily life by curating their every move, which the seasonaires are obligated to post on social media for their growing throngs of followers. When corporate greed, professional rivalries and personal conflicts are mixed with sex, drugs, and the naiveté of youth, the results are explosive as the murder that will sully their catalog-perfect lives. 

Supermarket | Satoshi Azuchi, translated by Paul Warham
If you read "human drama surrounding the management of a supermarket chain" and thought "what kind of fucking drama can there be in a fucking supermarket," the answer is plenty. This is sort of a dry read (someone on goodreads called it a thriller, which is a gross exaggeration), but it has its weirdly intriguing moments. No ringing endorsement here, but a nice post-business school bit of a nostalgia. 
A modern classic of literature in Japan, Supermarket is a novel of the human drama surrounding the management of a supermarket chain at a time when the phenomenon of the supermarket, imported postwar from the US, was just taking hold in Japan.
Sincere and naive in tone, Supermarket takes us back to a simpler, kinder time, and  skillfully presents the depictions of its characters alongside a wealth of information concerning Japanese post WWII recovery and industrialization.  

How Google Works | Eric Schmidt
Read this alongside Jessica Powell's The Big Disruption for a wild time.
Both Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google as seasoned Silicon Valley business executives, but over the course of a decade they came to see the wisdom in Coach John Wooden's observation that 'it's what you learn after you know it all that counts'. As they helped grow Google from a young start-up to a global icon, they relearned everything they knew about management. How Google Works is the sum of those experiences distilled into a fun, easy-to-read primer on corporate culture, strategy, talent, decision-making, communication, innovation, and dealing with disruption.

The Fat Years | Chan Koonchung
This had all the ingredients of something I'd like: dystopian, shits on Beijing, etc. But it was badly written and basically a manifesto disguised as fiction. I'm fine with that on principle, but I just was in the mood for a juicy political dystopian and this read like a long-form, factual academic paper. Great cover, though.
Beijing, sometime in the near future: a month has gone missing from official records. No one has any memory of it, and no one can care less. Except for a small circle of friends, who will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the sinister cheerfulness and amnesia that has possessed the Chinese nation. When they kidnap a high-ranking official and force him to reveal all, what they learn - not only about their leaders, but also about their own people - stuns them to the core. It is a message that will rock the world...
Terrifying methods of cunning, deception and terror are unveiled by the truth-seekers in this thriller-expose of the Communist Party's stranglehold on China today.

The Catalogue: No. 17

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Oops oops this is so very late. This week, in Asian American stuff.

When Asian Women Are Harassed for Marrying Non-Asian Men | Celeste Ng for The Cut
To this community, it’s a scarcity model: Asian women who succeed are accused of succeeding “at the expense of” Asian men. The worst scarcity, they believe, is in the dating pool: Asian women who “marry out” are perpetuating the stereotype that Asian men are undesirable. (The reverse, however, is not true — relationships between Asian men and white women are celebrated, with AZNidentity even crowdfunding a porno based on such a couple.) Asian women who have mixed children, it’s assumed, will raise them to prefer non-Asians, perpetuating the cycle.
The Rise and Fall of Affirmative Action | Hua Hsu for The Cut
This article opens with Michael Wang, a graduate from my own high school who didn't get into Harvard and never quite got over it. I'm super fucking done with him, and the (primarily East) Asian American community for taking an inadequately informed stance on social/political issues only when it concerns whether they get into elite universities. I can rant about this forever. I've written a "manifesto" about it. But I digress (for now). Here's an interesting-ish article that traces a lot of shitty opinions (like ones that equate violence on the black community with Asian Americans feeling discriminated against in college admissions.) Oof, I'm angry just thinking about it.
It’s possible that immigrants are the only ones who speak about meritocracy and fairness without a trace of irony. (After all, an H1B visa literally attests to one’s merit.) Yukong Zhao, the Florida activist, kept mentioning the American Dream as though it were a contractual arrangement: “The American Dream says that each U.S. citizen should have equal opportunity to pursue prosperity and success through hard work, determination, and initiative.”
Additional takes:
Anti-Asian Bias, Not Affirmative Action, Is on Trial in the Harvard Case | Jeannie Suk Gersen for The Cut
But to understand the stakes of the case, it is important not to conflate two separate concepts: the legal issue of affirmative action and the factual issue of whether Harvard discriminated against one particular racial group. The case against Harvard will be strongest if the allegations about how Asian applicants were evaluated relative to white ones turn out to be true. The defense of Harvard will be strongest if it can demonstrate that there is no way to fulfill the goal of diversity without suppressing Asian applicants relative to white ones to some degree. But answering these key factual questions does not entail upending the consideration of race as a factor in evaluating black or Latino applicants, or other groups that would be unacceptably underrepresented in the absence of race-conscious admissions. 
Actually, Race-Conscious Admissions Are Good for Asian-Americans | Janelle Wong for The Chronicle of Higher Education
A false "Asian penalty" narrative is embodied in the Department of Justice’s investigation into Yale. At the core is an assumption that Asian-Americans need higher test scores than non-Asian-Americans to get into a highly selective college (this myth has been debunked). Higher test scores among Asian-Americans compared with other groups are best explained by systematic group advantages, such as the higher average levels of income and parental education that result from selective U.S. immigration policies in place since 1965.
To argue that variations in test scores are a result of qualities intrinsic to "Asian culture" or group values is to rely on the very kinds of bias that the groups suing Yale and Harvard say they oppose. Furthermore, Asian-Americans who do not benefit from high levels of parental education, proximity to high-performing schools, or high levels of income do not as often demonstrate stellar test scores. The consideration of race in college admissions has been shown to help these Asian-American students. In addition, considering race as one among many, many factors in admissions helps to create a more diverse campus, which has been shown to be the best learning environment for young people.
WashU Students in Group Chat: "Why Are Asians Invading Our Study Room" | Kimberly Yam for Huffpost
This one is actually about my alma mater. I have a lot of feelings about this that I am still unpacking.
Racist comments aimed at Asian-American students at Washington University in St. Louis has caused a stir among the college’s students.
Undergraduate research assistant Han Ju Seo shared a screenshot of an Oct. 3 group chat in which several freshman students complained about their Asian-American peers using a study room.
The conversation contained comments like “Why are Asians invading our study room” and “Fuck there’s one in my room too,” highlighting how the students of Asian descent are often treated as others or seen as second class. 
It was recently 10/10, aka the day that I unfollow everybody on my Instagram feed that celebrates it as "Taiwan's birthday" because I! Am! A! Gatekeeper!
Just kidding about the gatekeeper part, because I do try very, very hard to adopt a "mindset of generosity and inclusivity," something imperative to the communities I want to build. But a lot of Taiwanese and Taiwanese Americans would agree with me that how one feels about 10/10 is a sort of litmus test for how one feels about Taiwanese sovereignty -- equivalent to the "228 test." To celebrate 10/10 as Taiwan's birthday explicitly conflates the ROC government with Taiwan as an independent entity. I'm not here for it.
Put more eloquently by Professor Catherine Chou:
This Double Ten Day I am grateful to all of the writers, academics, and activists who have helped me to see just how small my imagined island was, and how much more complex and resilient is the Taiwan that fights every day for its existence, in the interstices of a global system that would just as soon wish it away. That Double Ten Day must still be ritually celebrated, to keep up appearances, is both an absurdity and an indignity. But the slow dismantling of the Republic of China and the continued, contingent life of Taiwan are proof that absurdity and indignity can also be fertile ground for remarkable awakening. 
With great love,

Happy Coming Out Day! 5+ Resources for LGBTQ Asian Americans

Thursday, October 11, 2018

1. Unspoken: Asian Americans Coming Out to Immigrant Parents
In this short from Patrick Lee (longer-form documentary forthcoming), queer & trans Asian Americans read letters to their immigrant parents and family members about their gender identity, sexuality, and queerness.

2. When I Grow Up I Want to Be A List of Possibilities (Chen Chen)
In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love.

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation’s history, including his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writing—Tarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckley—the writing of his first novel, Edinburgh, and the election of Donald Trump.

Set in Boston in the 2010s, SJ Sindu’s Marriage of a Thousand Lies deftly navigates immigrant family culture, war trauma, sexuality and authenticity through the main character, Lucky. When we meet her, she is traveling between and across binaries and grappling with multiple categories of identity in order to fit into the social environments around her. (Read a review in Hyphen Magazine here.)

5. No Other World: A Novel (Rahul Mehta)
From the author of the prize-winning collection Quarantine, an insightful, compelling debut novel set in rural America and India in the 1980s and ’90s, part coming-of-age story about a gay Indian American boy, part family saga about an immigrant family’s struggles to find a sense of belonging, identity, and hope.
Sweeping and emotionally complex, No Other World is a haunting meditation on love, belonging, and forgiveness that explores the line between our responsibilities to our families and to ourselves, the difficult choices we make, and the painful cost of claiming our true selves.

An informative guide from the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and NEA

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a network of Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander LGBTQ organizations.

Includes a glossary of terms and recommendations for media professionals.

Q&A Space is the first website of its kind, with in-language fact sheets for parents, community resources for youth, multi-media stories from the API LGBTQ community, and more.
Q&A is a play on the common phrase “questions and answers” and the term “queer and Asian.” While we don’t intend for this to be an exhaustive informational space where all questions are answered, we would like for this website to be a place of support and community for those seeking it.

Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans
HRC Foundation's Coming Out as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans resource is designed to aid LGBTQ API Americans in navigating the intersectional challenges when coming out.

With great love (always, always, always),

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