Part of Bone Broth Soup — Season 1

By: April Xiaoyi Xu

Part of the “ROOTS” Collection — Available in Podcast.

“Do not be a lawyer. Do not be an investment banker. Do not be a doctor.”

I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have parents who believe in what they call a “happy education.” Much unlike the stereotypical Asian “tiger mums” and “tiger dads,” my family’s most frequent command to younger me had always been “darling, go to sleep, don’t study so hard.”

I did have my fair share of growing up as an Asian girl in Asia: I went to a traditional Chinese elementary school that boasts 600-year-old…

Part of Bone Broth Soup — Season 1

By: Sarah Carlson

Part of the “ROOTS” Collection — Available in Podcast.

Fried chicken: perfect to cure my hunger! The ancient magic from playing the janggu, whiffing in the crisp air at the Jodo Islands, and connecting with the exuberance of Seoul’s streets took my breath away. My travel book and Google images fantasies turned into realities. Korea flourished my wanderlust along with my ravenous appetite.

After performing Samulnori in the evening and later dancing to Korean pop music with my peers at night, my legs felt weak and my vision became foggy. A slow current of numbness drained my…

“You found a shaman on google and took a 14 hr. greyhound to a stranger’s house in Oakland to take an ancient medicinal psychoactive drug and thought it was a good idea? Yes, yes, I did. And yes, I did it alone.

I don’t know how else to justify what I did but state that I was desperate for answers.

It was November in California the week of American Thanksgiving. I’m not American but a Canadian who at the time was an expat living in Singapore. I flew to the US for my cousin’s wedding and got permission to work…

My family and I standing in front of Ho Yuen in 2001

In the early 80’s my family got on a boat and immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts. Eager to start a new life for his family in the US, my grandfather left his life as a bridge architect in southern China to become a baker in Boston’s historic Chinatown.

Having little to their name and being the firsts in their family to step foot in the States, my grandparents were relegated to living in a small one-bedroom apartment along with their two children above their place of work. Ho Yuen Bakery, as it stands today, is a historical relic of Boston’s old…

“Your dad is a Democrat?” My friend’s face was full of disgust. It was 2008, and Barack Obama was running against John McCain in the presidential election, an event I didn’t particularly care about at the time, and would not care about again until 2016. All I knew was that my dad would be voting for Obama, who was a Democrat, and that John McCain was a Republican and a “gross old man.” My dad pulled a face when he said it, contorting his mouth and rolling his eyes in a way that was meant to make me laugh. …

But there might be an Asian Bachelorette???

Credit: ABC

On a recent episode of The Honest Drink Podcast, we discussed whether or not there’d ever be an Asian President in the Oval Office one day. I said yes, it’d be possible — much earlier than there’d ever be an Asian male lead on the TV sensation “The Bachelor” on ABC.

If I were a betting man (which I am), I’d bet the farm that I won’t see an Asian Bachelor for the rest of my days. Here’s why.

For starters, there still hasn’t been an African American male lead in the series. We got our first black female lead…

The Parr family — The Incredibles
The Parr family — The Incredibles

When I was young, my favorite movie was The Incredibles. My sister and I were obsessed — we watched it whenever it was on TV. We saw it so many times that we have Incredibles-related inside jokes, borne out of the dogged and methodical fascination of adults who remember what it’s like to be children. Even now, we can quote every line word for word.

The Incredibles is a damn good film. It has everything you could ever want — action, family drama, a sibling bond for the ages. …

Technically, orange chicken is considered fusion food too — right?


It feels like one can’t walk a block within the Former French Concession in Shanghai without stumbling past a new “Asian fusion” restaurant these days. Some of these are heralded as creations from Michelin star chefs, whereas others are run by plaid-wearing aiyi’s who spelled the word “fusion” wrong.

Ngong Road construction in Nairobi (August, 2020)

There are many extant critiques that China overlooks environmental degradation repercussions through its business involvement with African countries. Appeasing resource-rich yet corrupt and brutal governments is an unfortunate facet of development (conditional aid, as is more the style of Western donors, has been known to make beneficiaries balk due to attached stipulations). While it may be tempting to place China in the same category as Western neocolonialists, viewing Sino-African relationships solely through the framework of business transactions and access to resources strips away greater historical context and several differences that set China apart from true neocolonialists. …

The lack of representation, voices, and discourses to counter xenophobic and racist remarks in the country where I was born led to immense self-questioning whilst growing up. It was hard to watch my parents, who were not fluent in the foreign language, unable to defend themselves. Throughout my early school days, my sister and I would be the only Asian kids. The small town we grew up in is located just a bridge away from the capital of Portugal, Lisbon. Many articles I’ve read about the struggles of Chinese immigrants and topics related to inner conflicts regarding one’s identity were…

The Noodle Shop

The Noodle Shop is a place where Asian culture and community meet over a bowl of noodles.

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