DEAR CLAUDIA

In a pile of pastel paperbacks, I stumbled upon Claudia Lynn Kishi. She was Japanese-American with dark hair and eyes and a colorful, haphazard sense of style. She hated math, owned a phone, and fell in love with boys. Her sister Janine was the ideal older child, determined and book smart, the kind of girl […]

THE GIRL I USED TO BE

One spring day in 2017, I shuffled through our mail pile to find an issue of Teen Vogue, wrapped neatly in plastic and addressed to me. Yes, Teen Vogue, and I was already in my thirties and a mother to a toddler at the time. I had subscribed to Teen Vogue in college, declaring to […]

THE GOLDEN LADY

If you translate my mother’s name– and it’s more than ten letters long– into English, you end up with something like “pure gold”. In encounters with strangers or occasional acquaintances, she presented herself as “Kim.” Coworkers called her a different moniker, more similar to but not quite her real one. We didn’t blink an eye […]

THIS IS THE END (JUST KIDDING)

Last year I opened up Little Tin Soldier and all of my images had turned into broken links. Unbeknownst to me, Tumblr had updated its range of themes (website designs) and most of them were no longer free and the oldest of them (like mine) were outdated and unavailable. The support staff said I could […]


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