New Op-Ed: To Fight the Diseases of the Spirit, Asian Americans Must Reject “Whitening”

New Op-Ed: To Fight the Diseases of the Spirit, Asian Americans Must Reject “Whitening”

Here’s a new op-ed I wrote for NYT Chinese. The title roughly translates to, “To Fight the Diseases of the Spirit, Asian Americans Must Reject ‘Whitening’.”

In short, I discuss the pandemic of the spirit (i.e. racism), which arrived in the US long before the coronavirus pandemic did, and which will be a lot harder to cure. Further, I talk about Asian American complicity with the “model minority” stereotype, how anti-Asian racism during the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the Asian American community to reconsider their head-down-work-hard attitude, and why going forward we need to instead show solidarity with other US minorities instead of trying to “whiten.”

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Short Story Sale to Shimmer

Forgot to announce this! Back in August, I sold my favorite short story I’ve ever written, “Red Mask,” (set in a futuristic Shanghai reminiscent of the 1930s, about a serial killer who steals young women’s faces) to one of my favorite speculative fiction magazines, Shimmer. My second fiction sale of 2015 that has the word “red” in the title. Likely forthcoming in the January 2016 issue.