Following the pandemic, I wanted to raise awareness to the sudden surge of racism and racially-based discrimination and violence that has unfortunately been targeting Asians around the world. I wrote an article that objectively describes the situation along with ways to help and get involved. But I wanted to add onto what I wrote with a personal approach and express my anger towards this anti-Asian sentiment that has been spreading as fast as the coronavirus.

May is the month of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - a month in which celebrates the successes, achievements, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to America. But, amidst the outbreak, this celebration and appreciation have been overlooked and under appreciated because of the careless ignorance, discrimination and violence, and the growing (and unnecessary) hatred towards the Asian community.

Courtesy of PBS https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/i-am-not-a-virus-how-this-artist-is-illustrating-coronavirus-fueled-racism

My article explains some of the incentives behind the recent racism, as well as awful real life examples that have been circling around the Internet. Some of which included the viral video of the homeless elderly Asian man in San Fransisco who was ridiculed and had his cart of cans stolen. There were some that I can even barely watch, and these videos just keep coming! (Look at @jackfroot and @nextshark on Instagram who covers these stories).

This time should be a time of solidarity and support for one another because we're all under the same umbrella, experiencing the same thing, and suffering altogether in this global health crises; but I find it sad that there are people out there who have the audacity and time to spew and spread hatred. It just makes me so mad that people's minds can be this narrow. I know it's hard to look at what's happening, but it is important that we share this and raise awareness of this awful racism that the Asian community is sadly facing.

Before the performance of a traditional Filipino folk dance called the Itik-Itik. Circa 2011.

I am fortunate enough to not face this experience yet, and I hope none my Asian readers do or will in the future. Since Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is supposed to be a month of appreciation, I challenge you to create something - whether it's a photograph, a poem, or something artistic - that represents your heritage and culture, or perhaps a piece of history that's important to you, in celebration of APAHM. And then use the tag #APAHM2020 on Instagram or Twitter and encourage others to do it! Let's spread joy, appreciation, and love instead of hate and racism.
As some of you may know, I'm currently working on a new venture - The Wallflower Collective - which is an upcoming online zine and website. In terms of writing and journalism, I was very much inspired by the New Yorker, a weekly magazine I'm subscribed to, and their variety of dedicated and quality content of essays, articles, and creative writing on thoughtful and thought-provoking topics - as well as their Pulitzer prize winning journalism - by their crazy talented writers and contributors. With the Wallflower Collective, I wanted to do the same but for the next generation of writers.


Are you a young and ambitious writer?

At the Collective, we are looking for aspiring writers who are willing to grow, connect, and inspire. If you think you are that ambitious writer, then join our community of creatives and like-minded people like you! We are on the search for people to be regular writers for The Wallflower Collective and create and curate thoughtful and thought-provoking essays, articles, and creative writing. 

If you are willing to be part of the team and help The Wallflower Collective grow as an intellectual, creative, and engaging community, as well as expand your portfolio, build your network, and thrive as a writer, please apply here!

Otherwise, feel free to submit your work to wallflowercollectivesubmit@gmail.com - please read our guidelines first.

If you have any questions, looking for other opportunities, or want to collaborate, please feel free to contact me
With parts of the world slowly reopening and lifting lockdowns, you know it's almost time to set up and plan a celebration for Mother's Day this weekend. But with a month of being in quarantine, it's gonna be hard for things to be the way it was. Numbers are still high, and there a lot of risks with opening the economy back up again. But no worries, as I've compiled ideas to celebrate Mother's Day whilst at home!

My beautiful mother pictured outside our holiday home in Brittany, France.

The Classic breakfast in bed


Surprise your mother with a tray of waffles and fruit with a side of black tea, or perhaps a pile of pancakes and a mug of freshly brewed coffee. Whatever it is your mother likes, gift her first thing in the morning with a classic breakfast in bed. Nothing is more heartwarming than waking up to your favorite homemade breakfast.

Go online shopping together!

Perhaps some of your favorite stores are still closed due to the outbreak, but that shouldn't stop you from online shopping together! I love doing this with my mother where we browse through online clothing shops, or scroll through Amazon looking at some of things we want. I was looking through the UNIQLO website one time with my mum, and she said she loves the colored nylon bags - so I bought it for her!

Bake her a special cake

I did this last year for Mother's Day - I bought her a cake mix and made her a chocolate cake along with buying her flowers. Though, don't use cake mix, it's better and more thoughtful and authentic if you make it from scratch! Pair the cake with a lovely present that she'll adore.

Write a monologue speech telling her your favorite moments and anecdotes

I think this is a very simple, easy, and yet heartfelt and thoughtful gift for Mother's Day. It can either be a one person speech or you can create a presentation with your siblings, if any, with pictures or videos of your young mother! Share funny stories, embarrassing moments, or what you love about your mother.

What are y'all doing for Mother's Day this weekend? If you have any ideas of your own to celebrate at home, let me know :)
Big thanks to those who signed up to my book club newsletter and who joined my GoodReads group! As members, some of you have probably received the announcement but, to honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the book I've chosen for May is...


Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations. 

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and so I chose this book in my book club because of what it represents in majority of Asian cultures, including my own: family and love. I've already read a few pages and I can't wait to read more, and start discussions (in which you could participate here!).

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Pachinko
Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee

Start date: May 1, 2020




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