You know you’re Asian when… colleagues keep mistaking you for the only other Asian woman or man in the office. You could be 5 feet tall and the other person be 6 feet tall, but it’s not going to matter. Hell, you could be pregnant and the other person not be pregnant, but it’s not […]
I was in the middle of working on an entirely different comic strip when this idea for a one-panel, The New Yorker-esque cartoon caption idea popped into my head that I couldn’t shake. So I listened to my gut and switched gears. The drawing and writing came so naturally. I’m happy with the way it […]
He had a “bad day.” The killer and the Georgia official who helped spread the killer’s narrative blamed the murder spree on a “bad day.” The audacity. I wanted this design to be bold and express the rage of the waking, peaceful beast. Asians and Asian Americans – especially women – have always been seen […]
Great news to share: I received a grant opportunity from Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to produce creative, culturally resonant communications about COVID-19 and vaccinations. It’s the perfect art opportunity fit considering the recent comic work I’ve been creating highlighting life during the pandemic and my interest in sharing as much vaccine information as I can. I’m super excited and […]
This latest comic for Sampan Newspaper was inspired by a Facebook post. Someone left a comment thanking their friend for sharing vaccine sign up information and that they would forward the link to their mother. I was taken aback. What? You’re not handling the sign up process for her? That’s a luxury that I am […]
The relief I feel now that I’ve been able to secure one of the very few vaccine spots for my mom and in-laws has now been tempered by the fact that even if they get fully vaccinated, I’m gonna have to worry about them getting hate-crime’d when they’re out and about. Anti-Asian hate crimes are […]
I’ve had a difficult time finding a resource featuring books by and about Asians and Asian Americans categorized by genre like sci-fi, romance, fantasy and etc. Also, I’m a visual person so something like NPR Books Concierge makes it easy for me to want to browse. So, I made something similar. It’s a way for […]
It was a challenge navigating the MA Covid-19 vaccine sign up process for my dad who was eligible because he falls in the 75+ category for phase 1. Luckily, my cousin helped point me in the right direction. We found a vaccination site located in a Walgreens that was closer to home with available time […]
Thank gawd I attached my comics to emails because a couple months ago my hard drive died and took out all my artwork with it. Sifting through all the messages and downloading them one by one, I came across this old one from 2006 that is still current. Because 15 years later, student loan debt […]
Celebrate Lunar New Year and usher in the year of the ox with this cute tray of togetherness platter of sweets traditionally used to welcome visiting guests around the new year. Each tray or box usually has six or eight compartments (the number six symbolizing luck, and eight, fortune). Most likely, there won’t be any […]
I ate too many pork rinds…and now I’m yeet hay AF. In Cantonese, 熱氣 “yeet hay” literally translates to “hot air” but refers more to your energy levels. In traditional Chinese culture, it is believed there is Yin (cold) and Yang (hot) energy in food. When your body has too much “yang,” it becomes imbalanced. […]
…or tang yuan (湯圓) eating time! It’s also a time for family to get together. A few years ago, I learned how to make black sesame-filled glutinous rice balls because I couldn’t find any locally sourced frozen ones. It’s actually pretty easy. You just need 5 ingredients: black sesame powder sugar sweet rice flour butter […]
Lantern Stories, a public art project in collaboration with the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy for Boston’s Chinatown by artist Yu-Wen Wu, was unveiled recently in Chin Park. And I’m excited that my Black Lives Matter piece was included on one of the lanterns. Back in June, Yi-Wen reached out to me and asked if she […]
The other week while on a grocery run for my folks at 99 Ranch Market, I saw the display for mooncakes which was perfect because I totally forgot that the Mid-Autumn Festival is quickly approaching. But which mooncakes to get? And specifically, which brand? Cuz the older folks are ALL about the brand…well, my older […]
If you find the statement to be political or controversial, then you’ve got an issue to deal with – racism. Here’s a Chinese translation of Black Lives Matter which I had my auntie review and give the thumb’s up on: 黑人的命也是命. It roughly translates to “Black peoples’ lives are lives too.” I’ve made the design […]
So many lessons being learned during this pandemic. Among them is the fact that all this time we could’ve voted in the comforts of our own home and then either mailed them in or dropped them off into specific boxes for voting ballots around the city. They just want to make it harder and more […]
Prior to covid-19, I didn’t do much grocery shopping at the Asian supermarkets other than picking up the latest boba popcorn snacks or a bag of baby bok choy. Since then, I have become well-versed in the ins & outs of what’s available as I have become my folk’s personal shopper. The meat counter? Check. […]
Things I did before Covid-19…and things I do now during Covid-19.
Phase 3 of Boston’s reopening begins today.
This week my comic strip won’t be appearing in the Sampan Newspaper. There were concerns regarding the content. Editorial suggestions were made, but they would’ve changed the tone…maybe that was the point?
That is all. Full stop.
Who else is worried about getting hate-crimed?
In the beginning, I went hog wild with every chip you could imagine – dill pickle chips, Cheetos, Doritos, boba popcorn, shrimp chips, Andy Capp’s hot fries, honey butter chips and it goes on and on.
The temptation grows with each day. Maybe this time will be different…or maybe not.
My latest covid-19 comic was inspired by a brilliant gif.
It seems as though everyone is expecting the other person to initiate the six feet of social distancing. In the end, no separation has been met – it’s just business as usual.
As we all move into video meetings, online learning and television interviews, there’s just one tip to be mindful of. Because in addition to social distancing, let’s also practice video distancing.
Our boy is bold. Our boy is sassy. And that’s what we love about him.
This coronavirus era has just reaffirmed my mother’s food hoarding / apocalypse planning ways. I guess she was right all along.
In the pre-Coronavirus era, everyone was fine being their nasty selves. Handwashing? WTF was that? After Coronavirus?