Being Woke

SO many amazing poems-I love my spoken word! Notable lines: “And so, immigration is like tucking your roots / carefully into yourself / and repotting in a different land.” “Your body is always a good body / because it carries the good in you.” “We can choose to keep the tools for ourselves, or we Read More…

Outside, Inside

Fantastic children’s book of how we lived (and continue to live) our lives inside and outside. Loved the references to still being able to reach out to one another, share in celebrations, and await for a hopeful spring.

The Making of Asian America

I wish I learned this, anything about Asia versus the single page we had in our history textbooks, in schools. From the Angel Island barracks: “There are tens of thousands of poems composed on these walls.They are all cries of complaint and sadnessThe day I am rid of this prison and attain success,I must remember Read More…

Drawing

I’ve never been good at drawing, and that’s a skill I wish I had. However, I’m always looking to challenge myself to learn new things-so here I go! I got Angela Nguyen’s “How to Draw Cute Stuff” and started drawing away-I love making cute illustrations! It just makes things (and life) so much sweeter. Maybe Read More…

Your House Will Pay

So relevant and such a great book to talk about race relations. Notable lines: “So many Koreans lost everything. Some of them, I know they blamed us. But it was the police who made us the villains, and then they abandoned us. They let us take the fall. All the rioting in South Central and Read More…

Fun with YA Books

I’m a huge advocate for Young Adult (YA) books, and I know many stray from them thinking that they’re too immature or childish. They are definitely NOT, and anyone can learn from them (such as Angie Thomas’ “The Hate U Give,” which was also an amazing movie). This sequel was such a fun read, and Read More…

The Last Story of Mina Lee

Loved this book so much, I stayed up all night to finish it! It tells a different story of the Korean immigrant experience that so many go through, but aren’t listened to. It reminded me so much of my childhood, esp the swap meets! Notable lines: “How many hours had she spent, words stumbling like Read More…

The Queen’s Gambit

I absolutely LOVED the Netflix show “The Queen’s Gambit,” and was excited to read the book! I was surprised to find that this book was published back in 1983, and the author passed away in 1984. If only he could know that his book would become a hit show on Netflix one day…! The show Read More…

If I Had Your Face

Great story of several women who grow up in an orphanage and other dire circumstances yet try to make it through life by coping in various ways. I loved Kyuri’s story the best and wish more was revealed about Ara. These women are all strong in their own unique ways, despite battling a sexist and Read More…

Shine in the World of K-Pop

What an AMAZING book about the K-pop world, growing up as a Korean American and navigating both worlds! Loved the love story in here, tales about varying friendships, and references to so many things I could relate to growing up! I can’t wait until the second book comes out!! Notable lines: I wish I could Read More…