My Summer Reads: A Recap

My Summer Reads: A Recap

According to the PG County, Maryland Beltsville Branch Library I have saved $748.58 by using my library card instead of buying every book that strikes my fancy. And let me tell you, that was definitely $748.58 that I did not have (and still don’t!). Once…

Working Law: Courts, Corporations, and Symbolic Civil Rights

Working Law: Courts, Corporations, and Symbolic Civil Rights

This summer I was awarded the 2018 Robert W. Janes Commemorative Award. This award is given to the top doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland. In addition to a certificate of award, inscribed name plate added to the Janes Award departmental plaque where…

Another Kind of Public Education: Race, Schools, the Media, and Democratic Possibilities

Another Kind of Public Education: Race, Schools, the Media, and Democratic Possibilities

This summer, really since I defended my dissertation in March, I’ve been committed to reading more non-school-related books. Aided by my Prince George’s County library card, I have been quite successful. In fact, since then, I’ve read 19 glorious books and found a love for…

Minneapolis Eats: A Review

Minneapolis Eats: A Review

It seems like yesterday but a few weeks ago I was in Minneapolis for the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN) conference. This was my fourth consecutive KAAN and my first time presenting. Adding to the excitement was the fact that it was in…

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Shortly after Andrew Solomon’s book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity was published (2012), I happened upon his TEDTalk, “Love No Matter What.” In the talk, he reviewed some of his key findings from the 300-plus families he interviewed. After hearing…

Warlight

Warlight

I’ve been really into historical fiction lately. Books have always allowed me to travel to another time and place, fully immersing myself in the reality of the story the author creates, but historical fiction adds another layer to that. I’ve also been reading mainly women…

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

Recently a friend of mine asked me how I decide which books to read. Right now I’m finding a lot of great reads through “writers to watch” or “best of” listicles of Asian Americans, writers of color, and women writers. Other times I take recommendations…

Baltimore Staycation: A Review

Baltimore Staycation: A Review

Since this is my last summer in the DMV, one way I’m taking advantage of everything in the area is by having a few staycations. This weekend it was Baltimore. DAY ONE On Friday nights the Baltimore Aquarium is half off beginning at 5pm, and…

Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis

Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis

Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis has been on my “To Read” list for a while. I enjoy learning about my hometown’s history and with a future project on Memphis nightlife I figured this book was an essential read.…

Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” As her mom, dad, brother, and sister piece together the days and weeks before her death, each reveals how much they have hidden from one another… and even themselves. Moving back and forth between their present…