A Filipino from Saudi Arabia meets a mensch from Boston.

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Kim Kardashian’s Racist Photo: When 19th-century Pain Became Soft Porn

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November 16, 2014 • pop culture, Postcolonialism, racism, U.S.A.

Kim Kardashian’s bare ass appalled me. Unless you’ve been living in Saudi Arabia (if you’ve managed to sidestep the internet censors — congratulations), you’ve already seen Kim Kardashian’s bare behind and everyone, from plastic surgeons to Glee actresses, has a meme, a tweet, and “you’re someone’s mother now” advice. Even the Met, whose hallowed hallways… Read More ›

Religion »

Why I Didn’t Walk Down the Aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D

(9) Our recessional was "(Hey ya!) I Love You."

I don’t want to cry. That’s what I told my fiance J. when I asked him if he were amenable to walking down the aisle to Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life.” It had some historical significance for us: the first time he karaoke’d was my 32nd birthday. In a claustrophobic space at a rent-a-room karaoke… Read More ›

Friendship »

Daily Prompt: The Significance of Starry Nights

(3) Van Gogh's Starry Night

There is, though I don’t know how there is, or why there is, a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven. There it must be, I think, in the vast and eternal laws of matter and not in the daily cares and sins and troubles of man that whatever is… Read More ›

Immigration »

Why I Write

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Kosher Adobo’s first anniversary was a few days ago: 112 posts  Freshly Pressed twice (“Dreaming in Filipino,” “50 Shades of Mortification“) 5086 followers 34,291 hits Though I obviously stole this title from George Orwell, I’m borrowing heavily from Joan Didion, who also credits Orwell and whose “On Keeping a Notebook” I discovered in a college nonfiction… Read More ›

Interracial dating »

“Are You Attracted to Asian Men?”

(9) When I go to the Philippines every summer, I bring back a stack of magazines with me, like this copy of YES!'s 100 Most Beautiful Stars. It's amazing how powerful seeing a magazine with Asian faces can be for me. When I need the inspiration, I pull them out and flip through the pictures.

I’m gonna ask you a question, S. said. Don’t be offended. I’m wondering– Shoot, I said. Are you attracted to Asian men? What? I asked, though my hearing was A-ok. You’re avoiding my question, she repeated. Are you attracted to them? I hate that question. I get it more often now that I am with… Read More ›

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