October & November 2017 in Photos

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Here’s a recap of the last two months in photos since I skipped last month. 1) The Woodlands, Texas.  2) Got my fix of Tex-Mex on a visit back to Houston. Leftover enchiladas + two eggs = tasty breakfast.  3) My friend’s dad makes awesome ceramic art at the senior center and I can’t get enough of it.  4) Haven’t seen one of these in a while — and of all places, in a park.  5) We don’t have enough orange cars around these parts.

Hand holding a reusable bag from Foodland. The bag features an illustration of Spam musubi.

September 2017 in Photos

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Hand holding a square-shaped mini mooncake.

This month: photos of my hand holding things. 1) Now the proud owner of a Foodland Spam musubi grocery bag, a gift from friends. I’ve been coveting one of these bags for years. 2) The title of this book by Rebecca Solnit, completely changed by barcode placement. 3) A box of crackers at the Asian grocery. This guy seems like a worthy leader. I’d follow him. 4) I love mooncake season.

Southern Fried Asian

I’m the guest this week on Southern Fried Asian, a podcast about Asian Americans from the South. I talk to host Keith Chow about Houston, hurricanes, and how to get your queso through TSA security. He’s also the founder of pop culture website The Nerds of Color. Even though I work in radio sometimes, hearing my own voice is still weird.

Listen to the episode here.

Three men of various racial backgrounds push a boat with a woman and two children sitting in it through knee-high water in the streets of Houston.

Houston, A Love Letter

It’s hard to watch your hometown destroyed from afar. I wrote a love letter to Houston in Vogue about the things I love about this city that shaped me, and the ability of ordinary people to rise up to care for one another.

Photo: Getty Images

The lobby of the Hotel Alexandra, which features mid-century modern furniture. Sofas and arm chairs surround a round wood coffee table with a potted snake plant.

August 2017 in Photos

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August photos are from a visit to Copenhagen, my first time there. I hope to return.  1) The lobby of the Hotel Alexandra, where I stayed. This hotel collects mid-century modern furniture by Danish designers and it was relaxing to come back every day to a space that was thoughtfully decorated and furnished with such beautiful pieces.  2) The chair exhibit at Designmuseum Danmark. Each chair sits in a cube in the wall, where it’s presented as if framed for viewing.   3) Walking up the spiral of the Rundetaarn, built as an astronomical observatory in the 17th century.  4) Sensory overload at the Rosenborg Castle, built in 1606. I don’t think I could ever live in a space with so much going on.

A scene from the film Gook showing the backs of two people watching smoke in the distance. A quote from Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says, "Spellbinding. A beautiful film."

Gook Opens Nationwide Aug 25

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Justin Chon’s Gook opens nationwide this weekend. Haven’t heard the buzz about this film? Review here and here and great interviews with the director here and here. I’ll be moderating the Q&A at the Saturday night screening in Berkeley. Come out and support! Here are the other cities it’s playing in:

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Iceland's Fjaorarglijufur canyon, an exceptionally green canyon. A stream runs through the bottom of it.

July 2017 in Photos

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In July, I fulfilled a dream to visit Iceland. Every day was an unbelievable adventure and I’d see something I had never seen before. To see Iceland means to take to the road – there is one road that goes all the way around the island called the Ring Road. The landscape changes as you drive, from lush greens to dusty biomorphic shapes that reminded me of an endless Yayoi Kusama exhibit (upon closer inspection it was lichen growing everywhere) to dusty desert landscapes to waterfalls carving their way down mountains to glaciers appearing as a sudden patch of white in the distance. I was in a constant state of amazement at the primal geological wonder that is Iceland. It’s pretty much impossible to take a bad photo there.

1) The massive Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon which runs 100 meters deep and 2 kilometers long.  2) I could not believe the size of Gulfoss. For size reference, look at the left hand side of this photo for the people. And rainbows! They’re not big deal there.  3) Dettifoss, possibly the most powerful waterfall in Europe. And you can walk right up to it as you can with many sights in Iceland.  4) Walking on a glacier tongue, feeling how small we are on this Earth. Our guide told us that the glacier has shrunk in the past 20 years though.  5) Jökulsárlón, where glacier pieces that break off get marooned in this calm lagoon.