My tears flow like yours

As does my blood when you cut me

Tearing the color off my skin

Slicing the culture off my clothes


In the opening scenes of “Always Be My Maybe,” Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) makes herself a lonely dinner. But soon, she leaves for her best friend Marcus’s (Randall Park) house, where his mom makes kimchi jjigae, the classic, spicy stew brimming with kimchi, tofu and more.


When I was five years old, I found myself on a muddy, cold football field. I was in kindergarten playing flag football in Saginaw, Michigan. I was the only girl.

University student

Last January, a professor from Duke University sent emails to h


Styles, narratives, culture, music. This is SAMPLR magazine, snippets of content in different creative realms that showcase the beauty of Asians. We strive to cultivate a creative space that best represent individuals in the pan-Asian community and their intersectional identities.


I have not raised my hand all class. I know what to say; I have something worthwhile to share … I want everyone to hear what I have to say. I say to myself:

“Michaela, you can do it. Raise your hand. You’ve done this before.”


Recently, Jordan Peele, director of the hit movies “Get Out” and “Us,” got a lot of attention for saying that he plans on continuing his pattern of casting Black people for his leads.


Every day is a battle

for a war

with no known cause


We arm the trenches,

rifles in hand,

Graduation caps in the air at 2019 University commencement

Hello class of 2019

I come here today to not only speak about my story but to speak on our journey together and validate it.

Although each of our journeys have been different, we all fought with the same resiliency.