Why I Chose To Be A Writer

Many times, I wonder why I’m pursuing a career in writing.  It doesn’t pay much, people usually look down on you if you haven’t published anything.  I mean why the hell would anyone do it?  When I find myself doubting my decision, I always remember one moment when I was is in my Memoirs class … Continue reading

The Importance of a Writing Community

A lot of us believe that writing is a lonely, virtuoso performance, one that must be isolated to one voice, and that to involve any other creative insight would be to tarnish the work altogether.  To many, the philosophy is, “you either know how to write, or you don’t,” and getting help from others is … Continue reading

Asian Gangs For the past few months, I’ve been working on a novel depicting Asian gangs in the San Gabriel Valley.  What I find interesting is not that there are gangs, but that these supposed gangs break basic stereotypes we have when it comes to them.  Most of the time, we think of guys in … Continue reading

The Most Randomest Story Ever, Part Deux

“Nuns!” Hark Joon yelled with incredible jubilation. The entire class turned around, frightened, since these nuns were carrying machine guns. “Don’t worry, we’re here to help you,” the nun, standing in front said. She was not elderly, but was clearly past her prime. Her face would have been kindly, save for her long scar that … Continue reading

The Most Randomest Story Ever

So, when I taught test prep in Taiwan, and the students were bored out of their minds with the SATs, we sometimes took a break and played a game in which they each took turns adding sentences to a story.  Here’s how it worked: 1.  We made sure to establish certain consistent characteristics to the … Continue reading


Sometimes, I sit in my classroom and eavesdrop on my students as they prattle on and on about the musings of young people. And, lately, my students have been more and more been girls, all of whom are obsessed with the opposite of sex. They talk about how Greg said this thing, and how Sandra … Continue reading

Grammar: “Who?” or “Whom?”…What? — The Mystery of Pronoun Case

So, oftentimes, I go on my Facebook and find many people’s status updates in which they complain about bad grammar. They even go as far as to claim superiority over others who are not as learned in the technicalities of the English language. “Um, it’s ‘their,’ not ‘there.’” “This is why the Oxford comma matters.” … Continue reading

Applying to Graduate School: The Statement of Purpose

For the last few years, I’ve been working as a writing consultant, more recently getting a job at USC’s Writing Center where I talk to students about their papers, be they essays for their writing classes, resumes for possible internships or, in this specific case, grad school application essays. Constantly, I find myself confronted with … Continue reading


Many of you who know me are most likely are aware that I got my undergraduate degree in film. I wanted very much to be a director, but in the process of pursuing that dream, I realized that I was a horrible writer, which is why I went back to school to get a master’s … Continue reading


This past Saturday, my family and I went to watch the always funny Rex Navarrete at the Imrov at the Irvine Spectrum. It was a cold night, but one that we’d all been looking forward to because we were all overworked and needed time to relax and reconnect with the comedy that is our culture. … Continue reading


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