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Kevin Minh Allen

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Waiting on a reply in a novel that explores what human connection actually means...

It never occurred to me that “bossa nova” is Portuguese for “new wave.” I’m thinking that it didn’t occur to me because I associated bossa nova with old-timey kitsch music that you’d happen to...

The 80s and 90s, punk rock, and growing up Vietnamese in rural ...

With a name like Phúc, there was no way the Sigh, Gone memoir’s author could have avoided the physical and proverbial fights he would encounter in small-town Pennsylvania where he and his family eventually...

Identity at War’s End: The Amerasian Legacy

“The care and welfare of these unfortunate children…has never and is not now considered an area of government responsibility, nor an appropriate mission for the DOD to assume.”

Asian Americans and the Struggle for Equal Marriage Rights

With the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1998, Washington state banned marriages between people of the same sex within its borders. The Act was upheld in 2006 by the Washington State...

Asian Americans and the Struggle for Equal Marriage Rights

Jetñil-Kijiner's poems are often about many things at once. Her writing process often starts with extensive research, including talking to elders. She’ll often weave Marshallese legends, history and traditions into the poems, as well as science and statistics, and her own experiences

Island World

“No man is an island.” John Donne (1572-1631) On January 20, 2009, Hawaii unwittingly became the focus of the nation when Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Obama was...

Island World

A monthly self-exam and annual mammogram are essential to wellbeing, said Kim. She’s also quick to remind patients who discover they have breast cancer that they are not alone. She and many others are there to help the entire way.

Beacon Hill on the Cusp, Our Story Part III

The present rests on the past and the future surely surpasses both. This thought circled in my mind at the tail end of my interview with long-time Beacon Hill resident Jack Eng. Eng’s origins are...

Beacon Hill on the Cusp, Our Story Part III

The present rests on the past and the future surely surpasses both. This thought circled in my mind at the tail end of my interview with long-time Beacon Hill resident Jack Eng. Eng’s origins are...

A Changing Beacon Hill, Our Story Part II

When I tried looking for the historic South China Restaurant on Beacon Avenue South, I forgot that Ron Chew told me that it had moved from the neighborhood a couple of years ago to...