Hiking the Donner Pass Train Tunnels, a Triumph and Tragedy of Immigrant Grit

Maybe you're seeking respite from the summer heat. Maybe you'd like to pretend you're in the Halls of Moria in the Lord of the Rings. Or maybe you want to hike through miles of graffiti art. Whatever your reason for coming, the Donner Pass Train Tunnels near Truckee, California, offer a fascinating and sometimes heartbreaking …

Continue reading Hiking the Donner Pass Train Tunnels, a Triumph and Tragedy of Immigrant Grit

One Writer’s Journey through the Dauntless Dunes

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh In February 2021, I had the great pleasure of signing a contract to publish my narrative non-fiction debut, My Name Is King Ying, with a small press publisher. I had two offers, and …

Continue reading One Writer’s Journey through the Dauntless Dunes

Re-Sparking An Old Dream By Committing to My Book Publishing Quest

When quarantine began, I joined a writing group. I wanted to regain focus, connect socially, and revisit an old dream. In university, literature classes felt like sacred space. Words flowed through my mind, painting pictures, sparking ideas, injecting oxygen. By sophomore year, I thought I would major in English Literature. But when I expressed my …

Continue reading Re-Sparking An Old Dream By Committing to My Book Publishing Quest

Why I’ll Celebrate Lunar New Year by Helping Chinatown

The pandemic has devastated the San Francisco and Oakland Chinatowns, leaving them with much less tourism and foot traffic. That’s why this year, I am dedicating the lunar new year season to doing what I can to give back to these communities that formed such a memorable backdrop to my childhood. Memories of Chinatown As …

Continue reading Why I’ll Celebrate Lunar New Year by Helping Chinatown

Surprising Things to Know About Your Devoted Kpop Fan

(This article was first published on News Break. You can view it here!) After opening presents at Christmas, my teen, a K-Pop fan, expressed how grateful she was that her aunts and I had bothered to learn what specific groups and artifacts she was interested in before gifting her. She was blissfully content with the …

Continue reading Surprising Things to Know About Your Devoted Kpop Fan