The right to be seen

Cal in Color

Often, after easing into conversation with an American, I’ve suddenly been asked where I’m “really” from. Sometimes, they begin guessing what kind of Asian I am, like it’s a game, or they immediately assume that I’m Chinese just because I’m Asian.
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The birding bubble

Human Nature

It’s almost as if draping a binocular strap over your shoulders marked you as a member of an exclusive club, and in some ways, maybe it did.
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Walking slowly

Create to Connect

It’s not always about going faster. Slowing down meant I heard the swaying grass, noticed the colorful beetle and had ample breath to converse with my crew.
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#HotDisabledGirlSummer

Embracing Disability

While I might be away from home, let me make one thing clear: I am not on vacation. This is still my life, in a different location, with a slightly different schedule.
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For A-Gong

Cal in Color

I wish I could give A-Gong more than just my American habits and my Chinese, tainted with my heavy American accent and dotted with English; I wish I could say more.
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Why I love food

Create to Connect

For me, food is so much more than nutrition that fuels my body. Food is sensuality, it’s home and belonging, it’s community and gratitude, it’s textures and play.
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Queer men on sexual display

Sex on Tuesday

Body image issues run rampant in queer men because, unlike their straight male counterparts, queer men experience the male gaze with a new level of intensity — they are both the subjects and the observers.
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