Order for an Obsessive Compulsive

when i was 10, i used to knock on the toilet lid 10 times after each time i went to the bathroom because somehow it made sense to me that this would keep me safe. this would keep the world in balance. in elementary school, a friend told me a secret, one so obscure i … Continue reading Order for an Obsessive Compulsive

Out of My Hands: Ending Cycles of Child Maltreatment

This story was shared by a Project Ava Storyteller. Learn more about the Storyteller Program.   As a 24-year-old graduate student, I am often praised for my devotion to my education and goals. I focus my studies on child welfare policy and women’s issues with the hope of making the lives of women and children … Continue reading Out of My Hands: Ending Cycles of Child Maltreatment

An Áo Dài’s Embrace

A piece originally published on Medium republished on Project Ava with permission from our Storyteller, Olyvia Chac-Nguyen. Learn more about the Storyteller Program. Embrace Standing at 5'3" and making weight as a super heavyweight boxer, wearing a áo dài was something far beyond how I wanted to display my “curves”. The traditional áo dài captures the grace, elegance, … Continue reading An Áo Dài’s Embrace

#SupportFeminineBoys

A piece originally published on Medium republished on Project Ava with permission from our Storyteller, Duane Burge. “Hit him!” The one phrase I remember from my childhood career as a peewee tight end on the little league football team. There I was, 7 p.m. on the football field standing at the scrimmage line waiting for the third … Continue reading #SupportFeminineBoys

She Was Diagnosed With An Incurable Disease. Now, She Wants A Family.

A little over 6 years ago, my entire life changed. My typing speed and accuracy slowed dramatically, I was desperately tired after being awake for only 20 minutes, and my right knee kept giving out. My handwriting changed, and I thought I had a stroke. My symptoms kept getting worse and worse in the following months.  I started … Continue reading She Was Diagnosed With An Incurable Disease. Now, She Wants A Family.

The One Thing He’ll Never Forget About The War

We were not even 2 miles from base. The platoon and I were doing a regular foot patrol of the area. It was something we’ve probably done a dozen times… just a simple search of the area. I was walking around and all of a sudden, this terrible smell fills my nostrils. It smelled more … Continue reading The One Thing He’ll Never Forget About The War

The Thing We Never Talk About In The #AAPI Community

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvvlLdHS1FA One of the most detrimental myths to Asians and Asian-Americans is the model minority myth for a number of reasons - mental health definitely being one of those reasons. Mental health and the awareness of mental illnesses are not generally talked about in the Asian household - treated as shameful anomalies in the community. … Continue reading The Thing We Never Talk About In The #AAPI Community

The 5 Hardest Parts of Being a Father

For Father's Day, I thought it fitting to ask my dad what he thought the hardest parts about being a father is. We've grown very close over the past few years, so I expected some brutally honest answers.  The answers he gave me were more honest and real than I could have ever imagined. Here are the … Continue reading The 5 Hardest Parts of Being a Father

We Made a Film in 1 Day on What You May Not Know About Denver

About a month ago, an organization called One Day on Earth contacted us about making a film. They wanted us to participate in a crowd-sourced film project that documented 11 cities in America. Denver, Colorado was one of those cities, so as proud Coloradans, we agreed. There was a catch though. We had to shoot the … Continue reading We Made a Film in 1 Day on What You May Not Know About Denver

Would You Date Someone on an Antidepressant? Five Things You Should Know About Mental Illness

OK Cupid was fun, for like, the first half hour. All these cute boys to potentially chat with, all the cute boys I was already chatting with, and to top it all off, they have that awesome “match percentage” thing to help you figure it from the get to go. For those who haven’t made … Continue reading Would You Date Someone on an Antidepressant? Five Things You Should Know About Mental Illness