Let me explain, no wait it’s too complicated, let me #chinksplain

Several days ago my friend Yixin Li was talking about Black Lives Matter and cogently explained what it means and used the hashtag #chinksplain. As an Asian-American myself I laughed long and hard about his hashtag and vowed to myself to use it whenever appropriate. Here’s the thing though: I’m not Chinese, I’m Korean. (despite…

Everyone has a story 

When I was about nineteen my dad was spending his time dying of AIDS, and this once robust body builder of a man was shrunken down to stick-like bones and dry thin skin. He used to yell a lot, and he had a terrible temper. But he also sang like an angel and played the…