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The Civil Rights Movement hero you’ve never heard of, for The Hechinger REport

It is hard to summarize a life like Clyde Kennard’s and the reasons why his struggle against segregation slipped into the shadows. But I tried to do it some justice … Continue reading

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The Slavemaster’s Son, a comic for The Nib

I drew a comic-based response to Alex Tizon’s piece for The Atlantic, “My Family’s Slave.” Initially, it seemed that Tizon’s piece was being met with a lot of praise for his … Continue reading

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Review: “Fire at Sea”–The Migrant Crisis as an “Echo From The News”

I had the chance to see “Fire at Sea” or Fuocoammare (Italian title), a documentary film by Gianfranco Rosi, at the New York Film Festival. While a part of me … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

How Could Anyone Think Mail-Order Brides Are Funny? — New Republic

I wrote an essay reflecting on the blindness and the backlash after NBC purchased a sitcom show about a family whose father purchases a mail order bride from the Philippines … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Will Anyone Stop Rodrigo Duterte? – – Up at the New Republic

After watching the news about Duterte the candidate and then Duterte the President all year, I had to learn more about what was happening – why were there so many … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Heinous Olympification of Seoul – New Republic

Every time the Olympics rolls around, I think of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, which was a milestone for immigrant Koreans like my parents, who could see Korea on TV even … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Can “Half a Good House” Become a Home? Looking closer at Alejandro Aravena’s social housing design

My latest for the New Republic examines the social housing approach of Pritzker prizewinner, Alejandro Aravena, in the context of both Chile and social housing around the world. While Aravena … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Problem with Designing Trump’s Border Wall – up at New Republic

The Problem with Designing Trump’s Border Wall: An online competition spurred by his proposal has launched a fierce debate among architects and border communities. My latest for the New Republic … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Comic on ‘Comfort Women’ deal at Korea Exposé

When I visited South Korea for the winter holidays, little did I expect that during that time, South Korea and Japan would announce a resolution to the ‘comfort women’ deal … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Family of Korean Farmer Critically Injured at Mass Protest Speaks Out (Huffington Post)

I interviewed Doraji Baek, the daughter of Baek Nam-ki, a 69-year old farmer who was documented being knocked to the ground by police water cannons at a November 14 rally … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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