A Conversation with Geoffrey Gaurano, Founder of the Gaysian Podcast

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

Images are Also Musical: Interview with Ethan Moll

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

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (君の膵臓をたべたい) : What it Means to “Live”

There is no doubt in my mind that Japanese anime has always had a foothold on international markets, but it was only until recently that there has been a boom of full length Japanese animated films sparking excitement markedly similar to the initial release of Hayao Miyazaki’s work. Non-anime enthusiasts have most likely heard of the titles, A Silent Voice (映画 聲の形) and Your Name. (君の名は.), but have not yet been introduced to the more obscure gems within the mix. This article serves as a shameless recommendation for one of my absolute favorites, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (君の膵臓をたべたい). Continue reading I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (君の膵臓をたべたい) : What it Means to “Live”

A Preference for Breathing

I still catch myself seeking the approval of people who do not wish me to succeed. Whether it be unhealthy friendships, the “cool” kids on campus, or to be validated in Eurocentric spaces. It’s exhausting, like swimming upstream to meet them at their understanding; but the current is strong and it feels like I’ll drown before I can reach them. It’s taken many years to … Continue reading A Preference for Breathing

We Bare Bears, Its Asian American Identity, and Its Movie’s Themes of Racial Discrimination

Daniel Chong’s award winning cartoon We Bare Bears has always been a symbol for the Asian American identity. The show follows the adventures of three talking bear brothers (Grizz, Panda, and Ice Bear) as they try to fit into human society, make new friends and live happily in their San Francisco home. The show began airing in July of 2015 on the Cartoon Network channel, … Continue reading We Bare Bears, Its Asian American Identity, and Its Movie’s Themes of Racial Discrimination