Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:23pm
Illustration of Yasuke, first black Samurai 1579

Black history does not begin with commodification.It has existed and thrived in many parts of the world before the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade. This is more evident with people such as “Yasuke,” otherwise known as the first Black Japanese Samurai. Arriving from Kyoto, Japan in the year 1579 as a servant for European missionaries, Yasuke gained the attention from the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga. The warlord was so impressed by his charcoal skin, beautiful features and physique that Yasuke became Oda Nobunaga’s Samurai uniting Japan until 1582.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
Yongsan-gu, Hannam-dong, Korea

When everyday pieces are gathered

They show a series of sameness without any intention.

Irregular arrays are perfect because they are incomplete.

I hope everything will never be completed,

Eternally.

I am aware that I can't go back.

So where am I now

Everywhere and nowhere

Blind without purpose.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:19pm
sesame-seed desset

 I remember watching people poke around the “ethnic” food platters at my graduation party with extreme caution. It was like watching untrained scientists study a new species. Except it was my friends, peers and classmates with food that I grew up enjoying and that my parents spent hard hours prepping and cooking for the big event.