21 Things I Did Before Realizing I was Queer (Celebrating 21)

A big 'thank you' to my mother, who has lovingly chosen these images for my post. Shortly after my twentieth birthday, I realized I was queer. If you haven't already, read my coming out post here! I remained myself, but God let the scales fall from my eyes so I could receive a language, a … Continue reading 21 Things I Did Before Realizing I was Queer (Celebrating 21)

“In Performance” — A Spoken Word

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAHQK0T7TAk&fbclid=IwAR39p_acW6XN6uhcbBmnc-j7EMdnKwMQg7K3aNtxda9IspjddLIm3FbwpYE Written and performed by Gloria Sun, Michelle Chin, and Joanna Linn. For: an audience of One. Presented at annual Symphony Coffeehouse program at Lion of Judah on April 6, 2019. Photo by Oscar Keys Happy Easter! He is Risen indeed.

Deeper: Excavating Brokenness

What have I made myself out to be? During my commute this weekend, it hit me. I'm not satisfied. I have never been truly satisfied. Because I have an extremely broken sense of self. My earliest memories consist of falling when I expected a pair of arms to catch me, and hiding myself under a blanket. … Continue reading Deeper: Excavating Brokenness

Let’s Get Real. #NEDAwareness

Let's Get Real. What I am about to write has been, and continues to be, a source of pain and struggle in my life. However, it is my struggle: one in which I take ownership and self-agency. It's National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness). I am joining in the conversation by sharing my story. My name … Continue reading Let’s Get Real. #NEDAwareness

“Je suis…” A Note on Identity

This semester I took a leap and started a brand new language. Français. I already know how to exchange greetings, talk about going to class, and I know how to express the different genres of books and movies. Today I said in class, "Je suis chinoise et americaine." Why is this a big deal (for … Continue reading “Je suis…” A Note on Identity

An Introduction to Neotropical Birds

To continue my series on rainforest ecology, let's take a look at the birds that live in this fascinating area.   Evolution Neotropical birds were evolved from dinosaurs from possibly up to 125 million years ago, having both inherited reptile features and feathers. From there, different birds, for example the chaffinches and the bramblings, were separated, … Continue reading An Introduction to Neotropical Birds

Passive female figures in Chekhov’s “The Darling”, “Anyuta”, and “A Gentleman Friend”

Known for his ability to recreate Russian life succinctly through representative anecdotes, Anton Chekhov creates female protagonists who uphold morals and expose flaws of Russian society through silent suffering and endurance. Due to their honesty and innocent malleability, these females are wronged and exploited as marginalized members of society. Olenka, Anyuta, and Vanda, from “The … Continue reading Passive female figures in Chekhov’s “The Darling”, “Anyuta”, and “A Gentleman Friend”

The Importance of Culture

It has always been in human nature to desire to know where we come from and our place in the universe. Culture, though less profound than explaining the big bang or evolution, provides at least a concrete acknowledgement of our place among other societies and a sure identity for a people distinct to that of … Continue reading The Importance of Culture