To Burn is to be Alive

Dear Jess,

I love you. 

I don’t remember the last time that I thought that, let alone put pen to paper and etched it into my mind. 

This is a love letter to you and the journey that you have been on. 

A journey that started in your grandmother’s womb.

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Reflecting on Tommy Le’s Death: How Vietnamese Communities Practice Radical Justice and Love

My article for Ethnic Seattle can be found here

Just going to leave this here…

“Another hot button topic in our country right now is illegal immigration. Often you’ll hear people (mostly those critical of immigrant rights) use the phrase “Illegals” when talking about undocumented immigrants. Yet Holocaust Survivor and world-renown writer and activist Elie Wiesel has famously told us that, “no human being is illegal.” His reasoning:

“Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal… Once you label a people ‘illegal,’ that is exactly what the Nazis did to Jews.””

From this great article

11 Things

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1. When it comes to sex, sometimes we just need to crack on

2. Angela Davis in Conversation

3. 6 Reasons We Need to Dismantle the Model Minority Myth of Those ‘Hard-Working’ Asians

4. What Does American-ness Mean for East Asian Americans?

5. Mariame Kaba, modern abolitionist, on feminism that fights state violence

6. State of Missouri v. Celia, a Slave: 1855

7. Laura Kipnis’ Battle Against Vulnerability

8. Sacrifice

9. Why I bought my daughter heroin

10. Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban

11. The Wish List I Made After My Wife Almost Died

A Different Kind of Fight

11391419_10153410230033566_1938208883302940459_n.jpgEver since I threw my first punch, I’ve been hooked. Something about Muay Thai answered a question I didn’t realise I had inside of me; stepping into myself, tapping into a visceral strength I didn’t know was there and actively doing something that so many defied me and my gender to do sparked a flame.

In embarking on this physical journey, I didn’t realise that my fight would become an emotional one: abuse, development, growth, isolation, growing pains…

The more I talked to people who walked a similar path in Thailand, the more I realised that my story was not singular.

I’m honoured that one of my friends, Nicola Kaye, shared her story and her fight with me.

You can read the interview here.

 

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