COVID-19 for the Absolute Beginner, Volume Three: Privilege in a Pandemic, and the Path Forward

In graduate school, a few colleagues of mine told me about their ties to radical activist groups in Boyle Heights, a predominantly Latino enclave on the east side of Los Angeles. They were always careful to add a disclaimer to their stories, however. Though these colleagues also came from working-class immigrant households and held similarly … Continue reading COVID-19 for the Absolute Beginner, Volume Three: Privilege in a Pandemic, and the Path Forward

COVID-19 for the Absolute Beginner, Volume Two: Becoming and Unbecoming in a Global Pandemic

A few weeks ago, Dinner Party published the first volume in our series regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, an article that addressed some basic FAQs regarding the disease. I intended to publish this piece shortly after, but it's hard to give folks advice on how to keep it together when you feel yourself falling apart. When … Continue reading COVID-19 for the Absolute Beginner, Volume Two: Becoming and Unbecoming in a Global Pandemic

COVID-19 for the Absolute Beginner, Volume One: Answers to Some Common Medical and Health Questions

I know that all of us have been inundated with an overwhelming amount of information in the past few days regarding the global coronavirus outbreak. The internet is a scary enough place to begin with, even without every news outlet in existence reporting on a global pandemic. But I know that many of us have … Continue reading COVID-19 for the Absolute Beginner, Volume One: Answers to Some Common Medical and Health Questions

Loneliness and Love in the Time of Capitalism: A Conversation on Modern Romantic Relationships

I’m no stranger to the institution of marriage. I’ve attended nine weddings in the past five years alone, with each passing year seeing an exponential uptick in letterpress invitations as I inch closer to my thirties. And yes, I even had one of my own when I married my current partner of almost a decade, … Continue reading Loneliness and Love in the Time of Capitalism: A Conversation on Modern Romantic Relationships

On Love, Or How I Turned My Decade-Long Mental Health Journey into a Listicle

Part Four of the Dinner Party Special Edition Outtakes & Excerpts Series. Dear readers, may I present to you, a rather incomplete, but no less impressive list of various things that happened when I finally decided to stop hating myself: Relatives started asking if I got taller because I wasn’t slouching in an attempt to will … Continue reading On Love, Or How I Turned My Decade-Long Mental Health Journey into a Listicle

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Part Two of the Dinner Party Special Edition Outtakes & Excerpts Series. I’m back in the San Gabriel Valley to have dinner with a good friend. Ivy—she’s just moved back from two years teaching English in Korea, and she’s living temporarily in our hometown of Arcadia while contemplating her next move. I live only about … Continue reading SGV