Author: Melissa Hung

Family Style | Nov 1, 2022

Photo of a glass of red wine and a bowl of pasta on some purple steps. There is a logo for the Ruby in the lower right corner. Text over the photo reads: Family Style, A Reading & Sharing About Food Tues, Nov 1, 5:30 pm PT, Via Zoom. Aya Brackett, Breena Nuñez, Faith Adiele, Grace Hwang Lynch, Melissa Hung

Food brings us comfort and memories. It tells the stories of family, friends, culture, and history. Join us for a virtual event as Ruby members share tales from the table. Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. PTFree, Online, RSVP here Featuring: Aya Brackett, Breena Nuñez, Faith Adiele, Grace Hwang Lynch, Melissa Hung   This event is made possible through a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Body Language – Coming July 12, 2022

Literary / News
Book cover for Body Language, featuring multicolored shapes of people in the background. Text in white: Body Language, Writers on Identity, Physicality, and Making Space for Ourselves. Edited by Nicole Chung and Matt Ortile

I’m thrilled to be part of Body Language, an anthology coming out on July 12, 2022. My essay about swimming and chronic pain is included. Selected from the archives of Catapult magazine, the essays in Body Language affirm and challenge the personal and political conversations around human bodies from the perspectives of 30 writers diverse in race, age, gender, size, sexuality, health, ability, geography, and class—a brilliant group probing and speaking their own truths about their bodies and identities, […]

What I Wrote in 2020

Illustration of a plate of honey walnut shrimp, with a few hands on a blue table, one holding a cup of tea. There are yellow chopsticks and a logo that says, "Chinatown USA"

2020 was not an easy year, so each one of these pieces of writing is a little victory. I started the year off thinking I had cleverly tricked myself into writing on a regular schedule because I convinced Catapult to give me a column. It’s called Pain in the Brain and it’s about my chronic headache. For the first column installment, I wrote about the meaning of keeping a headache diary. In the second, I […]

KSW Presents | San Francisco | Feb 7, 2020

KSW Presents: Meng Jin and Mimi Lok. The books Little Gods by Meng Jin and Last of Her Name by Mimi Lok on a white surface. There are small yellow flowers in a clear bud vase.

Thrilled to be reading at Kearny Street Workshop in celebration of two new books: Little Gods by Meng Jin and Last of Her Name by Mimi Lok. This reading honors powerful stories about Asian women that bend time and place in their journeys to seek answers and connection in the aftermath of grief, displacement, and diaspora. Friday, February 7, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. KSW Presents: Meng Jin & Mimi Lok Arc Gallery & Studios, […]

What I Wrote in 2019

Illustration of a woman with long dark hair resting her chin in a hand. Behind here are lanterns and clothes hanging on clotheslines.

It has been a goal of mine to be published in Longreads, and it happened this year! I wrote a personal essay about my relationship to Cantonese, my mother, and Chinatown. For the San Francisco Chronicle, I wrote about the myth of authentic cuisines and how Tex-Mex is my comfort food. For Pacific Standard (RIP), I wrote about how the People’s Kitchen Collective preserves cultural memory and carries on the legacy of the Black Panthers’ […]

Fall 2019 Events

An installation made of bamboo by Tanabe Chikuunsai at the Asian Art Museum

August 31, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Interdisciplinary Writers Lab 2019 Fellows Reading Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco Free with museum admission, RSVP at Facebook or Eventbrite 2019 Instructors: Tongo Eisen-Martin, Elaine Castillo, Marga Gomez 2019 Fellows: Amber Butts, Cesar Cadabes, K-Ming Chang, Paula Mirando, Naihobe Gonzalez, Melissa Hung, Sarah Matsui, Jenna Peng, Damali Robertson, Dena Rod, Golda Sargento, Karthikraman Sethuraman, Maya Sisneros, Raia Small, J. Xiang October 19, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 […]

What I Wrote in 2018

Journalism / News
A cooked fish on a platter with cucumber slices artfully arranged around it. A hand holds a jar of seasoning over the platter. Photo by Michelle Min.

A look back on some of the things I wrote this year: I wrote about my grandparents’ immigration story (and their grocery store that sustained our family) for Southwest the Magazine. Shondaland let me write about various obsessions, such as why I have a soft spot for the Filet-O-Fish, the only fast food my immigrant family would eat. I also wrote about the calming experience that is shopping at Muji and how pajamas help me feel like […]

Artist Talk | San Francisco | Oct 30, 2018

Image of a dimensional artwork with a multicolor base, and figures of people standing on it. There is also a bunny sculpture and some gold-colored wall-like objects.

I’m reading at a short and sweet event with artist Headphone Record this upcoming Tuesday. Artist Talk Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Arion Press, 1802 Hays Street, San Francisco. It’s in the Presidio near the 14th Ave and Lake street Presidio entrance. Free Two San Francisco artists will present on their recent works on the theme of persisting. Nathalie Roland, a visual artist, will talk about works in progress and her collaboration […]

Lit Crawl San Francisco | Oct 20, 2018

A program for Litquake 2018 next to a cup of coffee and a plate with a cookie. The cover of the guide has an illustration of 5 people, who appear to be women, with books

I’ll be reading inside a vintage clothing store at Lit Crawl San Francisco, the massive one-night literary crawl through the city’s Mission District. Lit Crawl is part of the weeklong Litquake festival, which starts on October 11. Stirring the Pot: Women writers of color reflect on food, migration, and culture. Saturday, October 20, 2018, 5 – 6 p.m. Wallflower, 1176 Valencia St, San Francisco Featuring: Melissa Hung, Grace Hwang Lynch, Sabina Khan-Ibarra, Shikha Saklani Malaviya, Michelle Villegas Threadgould, and […]