A Filipino from Saudi Arabia meets a mensch from Boston.

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The Daily Post: Lad[ies] in Red

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October 26, 2014 • Beauty, Friendship, Growing up, Sisters, U.S.A., wedding

Until I saw black and white photos of the Brown sisters at the MFA in Boston, I had never cried in a museum. Someone took this picture of my sisters and me with her phone.I can’t remember why we’re laughing or at whom or whether it’s for any reason in particular. It’s us in Vonnegut’s… 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 »

The Daily Post: Lad[ies] in Red

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Until I saw black and white photos of the Brown sisters at the MFA in Boston, I had never cried in a museum. Someone took this picture of my sisters and me with her phone.I can’t remember why we’re laughing or at whom or whether it’s for any reason in particular. It’s us in Vonnegut’s… Read More ›

Immigration »

Miss Saigon’s 25th Anniversary: How It Changed My Life

(3) I was about about ten years old in this photo with my mom and sisters. Lea Salonga was already in rehearsals for Miss Saigon.

I am eleven and a half years old, in bed with my sister L., nine. We’ve cleaved a pair of headphones so both of us can listen at the same time. Our sister M., five, is asleep next to us. We’re listening to Miss Saigon on my Walkman. We’re in the middle of the Gulf… 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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