Written by Cato Jun Edited by Rodlyn-Mae Banting — it’s been a year, huh? — i first heard about you back in ’19, coming from quite a popular place. with such an infectious presence, you were one heck of a sensation. everyone kept asking WHO you were and you remained a mystery, a sort of foreign celebrity. — when you came to us in january, … Continue reading one year anniversary
A poem by Cato Jun. Edited by Rodlyn-Mae Banting with an illustration by Vivi Hashiguchi. Continue reading That Fat Clown
A poem by Alma Mark-Fong. Edited by Emerald Liu with an illustration by Peri Law. Continue reading The Death of a Sparrow
A poem by Alma Mark-Fong. Edited by Emerald Liu, with an illustration by Angel Xie. Continue reading I Can See the Moon From Here
A poem by Cato Jun. Continue reading Love Dumplings
I was your pretty American girl
Wasn’t that what you wanted all along?
Dark orbs of hollyhock and skin of pearl
Could never compare and never belong Continue reading Gladiolus
She appeared around October, or maybe it was November, I don’t really remember. Whenever it was, I do recall the scent of cinnamon, spiced apples, and Autumn leaves. Currently as I write this, I’m even less sure of whether I recall spiced apples because I loved her in the iAutumn or if it was the scent of her perfume. Continue reading There’s Cherry Blossoms on the Road We’re Heading
This month I was fortunate enough to sit down with Geoffrey Gaurano, founder of Gaysian podcast, which is centered on “the life of a recovering closeted person, coming of age and coming out, and the state of being simultaneously Asian and gay.” During our chat we got into the nitty-gritty of vulnerability, intersectionality, and Asian America. His podcast is more than just a vehicle for self-identity, it is an invitation to allies to join in the united fight against white supremacy. Continue reading A Conversation with Geoffrey Gaurano, Founder of the Gaysian Podcast
Ethan and his artwork got on our radar, when he submitted a series of portraits for our October issue. At first glance I could see the depth and complexity of his art was palpable, and wanted to learn about his process. Ethan was gracious enough to squeeze in some time to chat in between work, school, and his painting; which he makes possible with detailed organization and keeping structured schedule. Over the course of our discussion, we got into how he developed his process of creating art; the portrait series he submitted; and the dialectic between art and science and emotion that cannot be divorced from one another. Continue reading Images are Also Musical: Interview with Ethan Moll
A model, dancer, writer, artist – you do it all! What does a typical day look like for you?
Yes! I often tell people who ask what I do, that I am a modern day Renaissance man because it’s hard to explain my career. At the forefront, I consider myself as a creative and an entrepreneur. My typical day ( in a pandemic) is to wake up quite early and workout and make breakfast after. I live a very active lifestyle given my careers, and so the upkeep of my body is very important to me. I usually begin my “work hours” in the early afternoon. Among being a dancer and writer, I am also a graphic designer and personal trainer, so my work hours vary from drafting designs in front of a computer, guiding clients through virtual sessions via zoom, and/or working as administration support for non-profit art orgs. By the late afternoon/early evening, I always plan to dance in some capacity as a sort of reward for getting through the day, whether it be just freestyling to a playlist or taking classes virtually or in person.By evening, I like to end the day by watching either some of my favorite Anime or writing in my journal as a way to unwind and reflect where I am mentally. Continue reading Kickin’ It: Interview with Bay Area Dancer John Paul Alejandro