And tips to avert a zealot apocalypse

Jeers and sneers ensnared the airwaves. I donned my Superwoman cape and burst into the WeChat room that was engulfed in cacophony. Trying to blend into the horde, I tapped on my yellow-colored mini fist emoji and text-shouted, “Chairman Trump Will Serve the People!” …

The reckoning of a game created in the west that ended up in the east

The gnats descended on the photo of a woman with a tattoo of a Yin Yang symbol with outstretched wings. …

A vignette from my time in Chinatown’s once thriving garment industry

The button escaped from my hands and rolled onto the coffee table. Like Wile E. Coyote scuttling off a cliff, the button plunged onto the floor and spun underneath the couch. I crouched on my hands and knees to reach for it. As if peering through the portal into John…

On this 4th of July, a reflection on losing the hyphen in my Asian American identity

It was the most underreported controversy that rocked the world of grammar in generations. In 2019, the Associated Press announced that hyphens will be dropped from identities of dual heritage. The hyphens that existed between “Asian” and “American” in the term Asian American were suddenly removed.

Hyphens, derived from ancient…

Of ants, roaches, and mice

Metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with — Milan Kundera (Author, Unbearable Lightness of Being)

Renowned authors have warned us about the power of metaphors.

In the Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera, the Czech writer in-exile, wrote that Metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be…

Remembering a 1980s Icon

My face was flushed with light when I opened the door to a vibrant orange block of cheese that irradiated the dim interior of our refrigerator. Like a jewel of celestial lights, this block of cheese retained its luminous glow once placed on the kitchen counter. As if wrestling a…

Inside the Trump campaign

I will put this softly: Trump is a loser.

Losing in itself is usually not some dishonorable event. Instead, losing provides powerful lessons in resilience, humility, and growth, that all converge to make us better people. This is what we teach our children and expect adults to model.

Shamefully, Trump…

I reached that proverbial age when a mammalian female is known to desire spawning a mini one to coddle and nurture. As if some interstellar force overtook my body, my feet propelled to the door and I was teleported to a concrete room buoyed by cotton paws and glimmering pink…

When reality morphs into an Orwellian classic

I turned on the television and witnessed true American carnage.

President Trump was giving his presidential nomination acceptance speech and having a performative political campaign rally on the South Lawn of the White House. Although I did not know about the potential violation of the Hatch Act at the time…

Do the same and your child will thank you later

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Is that not one of the most dreadfully banal questions you have ever confronted as a child? It was for me.

I remember family members asking me this question — I looked around our tenement apartment for inspiration, grasping for…

Lisa Lau

Insomniac, knowledge thrill-seeker, leisure and cathartic writer

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