Essay

ESSAYS

Illustration of honey walnut shrimp on a plate on a table with yellow chopsticks

The Meaning of a Dish: Honey Walnut Shrimp

The Chinese American dish that isn’t, really. RESY

Pain in the Brain

A column on life with a chronic headache. CATAPULT

When authenticity means a heaping plate of Tex-Mex. An illustration of a bowl of queso by John Blanchard.

When Authenticity Means a Heaping Plate of Tex-Mex

What does authentic mean, anyway, when cuisines migrate and adapt with people? SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Towards Chinatown by Melissa Hung. Illustration of an East Asian woman with long black hair and her head in her hand by Olivia Waller.

Towards Chinatown

On the possibility of losing of my mother — and the loss of my mother tongue. LONGREADS

Stress Purchase of the Week: The Perfect Muji Sleepwear

How one fresh pair of PJs upgraded this writer’s sleep aesthetic. SHONDALAND

Counter Revolution

My grandparents from China risked everything to start a humble grocery store in an unlikely place — and changed my family forever. SOUTHWEST: THE MAGAZINE

Houston, a Love Letter

I write this from California, 1,900 miles away from my hometown, as I watch the devastation of Hurricane Harvey unfold. VOGUE

Filet-O-Comfort

My immigrant family made an American fast-food staple their own. SHONDALAND

Walking In Their Footsteps at a Former Japanese Internment Camp

I wanted to see Manzanar with my own eyes, so that my understanding of history might feel deeper through the experience of place. NPR

CREATIVE NONFICTION

The Aunties at the YMCA

The aunties at the YMCA DGAF. JELLYFISH REVIEW