My first trip to CAPS, then the ER


“Hi, my name is Leo. I’m a student at Northwestern University. And I suffer from serious depression-like symptoms.” This is part two of my ongoing project to write out my personal history in an effort to untangle the emotional history and stressors of my life. Read Part One: Three, two, one: What do I do when I fall in love with another boy? To be precise, I’ve never been...

Three, two, one: What do I do when I fall in love with another boy?


I was 13 when I first thought about killing myself. I know it was that age only because I remember a specific detail that couldn’t have occurred when I got any older. After my sister, Lisa, moved to college when I was 14, I left the bedroom at the back of our third-floor 3-bedroom apartment, overlooking the fence, and into the larger bedroom that used to be hers. The fence is an important...

Curatorial statement: How to be a good Asian American queer?


One of the funny things about the world is that whether you like it or not, you have to live within it. That’s been a realisation that has struck me and fascinating me ever since. My exploratory blog posts and academic lecture discussion post have all touched on my own life struggles: How do I be a queer, gay Asian American that has lived so little on what we consider “American soil...

What does it mean to perform healthy masculinity?


After all, we never really answered this question. Throughout the last three months, we have discussed, either explicitly or implicity, the concept of masculinity.  We have identified how systems of power are constructed to perpetuate a society that privileges white, cisgender, heterosexual men; we have also addressed how such classifications are problematic and incomplete, and that our notions...

On personal politics, an academic lecture post


When our personal beliefs and social politics clash, are we obligated to speak out, however controversial? How should we draw a balance when our desire to improve the experiences of one group of people against oppression seems to clash with another group’s? When Hak-Shing William Tam attempted to withdraw as an expert witness in the court cast against California’s Proposition 8, he...

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