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Kelsey Chen

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Books

A Scathing Criticism of Chinese Authoritarianism: ‘China Dream’

A chilling dystopian novel, “China Dream” will leave you breathless and shaken.

Ephemera
Columns

Ephemera

When it heals, the blood is still trapped under skin. Buried.

Ephemera
Arts

Ephemera

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Books

Maria Popova on the ‘Figuring’ of a Beautiful Life

Popova’s message is one of pure fascination and appreciation for the ephemeral and ecological natures of our lives.

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Columns

Fractal Figurations

There’s something distinctly voyeuristic about watching the ocean move, the waves lap at the shore in a show of intimacy beyond what I am capable.

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Books

Renee Nault on “The Handmaid’s Tale” Graphic Novel and Her Creative Process

In Renee Nault’s graphic rendition of “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, graceful watercolor forms glide across soft panels.

Fractal figurations painting
Arts

Fractal figurations painting

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Columns

Building Character

chinese characters have joints — / they are comprised of / a million dissatisfied, spindly components

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Arts

Building Character image

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Theater

Ghungroo 2019 on the ABC’s: The American-Born Confused Desi Experience

Each musical and dance performance was an intimate conversation between the two sides of the hyphenated Desi-American identity.

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Books

‘The Night Tiger’: A Spectacular and Haunting Murder Mystery

Yangsze Choo’s “The Night Tiger” is a stunning combination of romance, mystery and tragedy.

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Tattoo

mine is a story of sequential obliteration — of having so many specters disappeared from my chest cavity that I have forgotten what haunts my lineage.

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Arts

tattoo painting

Transpacific Anxieties Painting
Arts

Transpacific Anxieties Painting

Transpacific Anxieties Painting
Columns

Transpacific Anxieties

This is a mourning piece for Asian America.

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