A Manzanar guard tower in a field. Beyond it are snow covered mountains.

Things I Wrote in 2017

As I look back on 2017, I wanted to share a few things that I wrote this year.

I wrote about my chronic headache, swimming and writer’s block. It was my first published personal essay, thanks to editor extraordinaire Nicole Chung.

In April I wrote about what it was like to visit Manzanar, site of an internment camp where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II.

In August, in the midst of Hurricane Harvey, I wrote a love letter to Houston, my hometown.

Journalism wise, I wrote about gentrification in Chinatowns across America.

I interviewed educators, parents, and kids about trying to cope post-election with the hateful political climate and increased immigration raids.

I interviewed many education experts about whether colleges and universities are ready to serve the increasing number of students of color.

I got to do some uplifting stories too, like this one about a 70-year-old immigrant woman who ran 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents.

I talked to actor Danny Pudi about his childhood and his first romantic lead role in The Tiger Hunter.

And I interviewed my friend Lisa Ko about her debut novel, The Leavers.