As a Gay American, Islam Is Not My Enemy

This piece was previously published on Facebook by one of our co-founding members in response to the Pulse Orlando shooting and how it has affected the author as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Our hearts are with the victims and those affected. “The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.” … Continue reading As a Gay American, Islam Is Not My Enemy

I am a Gay American

This piece was originally published on It Is What It Is (Not) the morning of the Supreme Court’s first hearing on California’s Proposition 8. For the past five months, I have tried repeatedly to write something entitled, “I am a Gay American.” In November, when the people of Maryland, Washington, and Maine voted to legalize same-sex marriage, … Continue reading I am a Gay American

What Even Is An “Asian American”

A piece originally published on Down Like JTown, republished on Project Ava with permission of the author. What Even Is An "Asian American" And Why Do We Have Our Own Month And I Just Have So Many Questions It's Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and I'm going to be real for a minute. I've had a … Continue reading What Even Is An “Asian American”

Boat Refugees

A piece originally published on Project Yellow Dress, republished on Project Ava with permission of the artist. If you search for images of Vietnamese Boat People, you will find many photographs of people crammed inside small wooden fishing boats. These pictures usually show people struggling to survive under the hot sun or through heavy rain storms, … Continue reading Boat Refugees

Butter & Sugar Sandwiches: Navigating the Vietnamese, Chinese, Immigrant, Refugee Identity & History

This is an abridged version of a piece originally published on Project Yellow Dress.

A Letter from Songkhla Refugee Camp

An art piece originally published on Project Yellow Dress and republished on Project Ava with permission of the contributor.   A few years ago, my family was cleaning out the garage and we stumbled upon a bag of faded letters and photos that my mom’s family had exchanged while and after they fled Vietnam as Vietnamese … Continue reading A Letter from Songkhla Refugee Camp

Say My Name and Say It Right

This post originally appeared on Medium: Eric La Nguyen. I’ve always wanted my first YouTube critique to be of Ken Tanaka’s “What kind of Asian are you?” video that went viral a few years ago but never had the time until recently. I started to map out my opinions on that topic but then this popped … Continue reading Say My Name and Say It Right

What It’s Like as a White Woman to Love a Black Man in America

Originally published on Bows, Bottles, and a Briefcase. I’ve worked on this post for a while now, and have hesitated to post it publicly. I’m not sure if I was fearful of the backlash from those who read it and disagree, or more concerned that my words may become misconstrued.  While I am solely speaking … Continue reading What It’s Like as a White Woman to Love a Black Man in America