I write an essay series for Catapult called The Monster in the Mirror, which uses East Asian legends to interrogate our contemporary fears. My work has been featured in the New York Times, Electric Literature, Passages North, Woman’s Day, and more. I am also an editor and writer at Anti-Racism Daily, where our words reach our 100,000+ subscribers and 350,000 Instagram followers. Some of my most popular ARD articles include ones on Japanese American incarceration and the model minority myth.

Featured Essays

On Releasing Rage – Catapult (November 2020)

A Reading Genealogy – Oh Reader (September 2020) *Print only

Halloween and the Pandemic – Woman’s Day (September 2020)

What the Religious Right Gets Wrong About Monsters – Catapult (July 2020)

Does My Child’s Name Erase My Identity? – The New York Times (May 2020) *A version of this article appears in print on May 10, 2020, Section ST, Page 3 of the New York edition with the headline: What’s in a Name? Quite a Lot.

You Gave the Enemy a Face—and That Face Was Mine – Catapult (May 2020)

The Faint Spirits: On Ghosts, Grief, and Motherhood – Catapult (February 2020)

My Father and the Dragon King – Catapult (January 2020) *A Memoir Monday “Best of the Week” pick

Ali Wong’s Memoir Isn’t Just About Asian Americans– It’s Written to Us and For Us – Electric Literature (December 2019)

I’m a Mother With Bipolar Disorder – Family Story (November 2019)

The Night ParadeWhat God Is Honored Here? anthology (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) *Print only

Return, and Return – Passages North *Print only

And Still They Try to Tell Us – Diverging (2019)

Dreamscape 8: The Anatomy of Wanting and Forgetting – Bat City Review (2015)

Dreamscape 2: Dear Pinocchio – Baltimore Review (2013)

Dreamscape 1: A Healing – The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (2013)

In the H – Niche Magazine (2012)

Miles – Escape into Life *Pushcart Prize nominee (2011)

Short Stories

The Sole Keeper – [PANK] (2015)

Savasana – r.kv.r.y (2012)

Articles & Interviews

NILPPA Builds Framework for Understanding Programs – Library Journal (August 2020)

Write Between the Lines: Four Women Discuss Race, Art, and Writing – Superstition Review Blog (co-written, 2017)

42nd Street Review –  Third Coast Review (2016)

The Shape of Things Review –  Third Coast Review (2016)

Safe Spaces at Sappho’s Salon – Third Coast Review (2016)

Interview with Mare Swallow [+ Part Two] – Gapers Block (2015)


In the Face of Trump, Writers Resist – John Wilmes, The Chicago Reader

Me, My Shelf, and I: Jami Nakamura Lin – Laura Pearson, The Chicago Tribune (March 2015)