Her language

She stacks hu tieu do bien (seafood noodle soup) into organized containers, one each for noodles, slow-cooked bone broth, fresh herbs and veggies, and sauteed squid and shrimp, with quail eggs (my favorite). Another bag contains leftover goi cuon ca chien (fried fish spring rolls). I unpack it for dinner to find the fleshiest parts … Continue reading Her language


M I N I M A L I Z M : Not blogging

I wrote a Thanksgiving post. It covered family, the science of gratitude, photos of my 5 Minute Journal entries, and my plans to bounce around 4 Thanksgivings like the custodial child that I apparently never stopped being. I explored how the holidays actually look and feel to me and--I believe--most people: begrudging, exhausting, bottled-up, too … Continue reading M I N I M A L I Z M : Not blogging

Good ol’ days #1

Last year, my friends and I started EMAC ("ee-mac"), or Empowering Marginalized Asian Communities, an organization aimed at uniting the disparate Asian--particularly Southeast Asian--communities to tackle our regional inadequacies in social services, mental health resources, legal aid, youth guidance, civic engagement, healing from war and trauma, and translation services in all of the above. There … Continue reading Good ol’ days #1