As I Am

As I Am is a unique collaboration of PAAC writers. Together, our writers explore broad themes related to our identities as Progressive Asian American Christians. “Who are we? Where are we going? What do we have to say?”  We give shape to these questions through the act of written creation. All forms of writing are welcome.

The Romantic Mask

The Romantic Mask

Paris, City of Love, where we lay our scene of adventurous study abroad college students. Me and the girls were out in a little bar late at night. The lights were cool, a featured musician was playing acoustic, and my friends and I were ready for some dessert....

The New Complementarianism

The New Complementarianism

“It’s really strange — for all the work I’ve put into undoing the internalized homophobia and racism of my upbringing, I’ve still yet to extricate myself from the idea that the circumstances of my birth dictate what I should or shouldn’t do on a moral level. “

At the Corner of Queer and Here

At the Corner of Queer and Here

In the spirit of transparency, I would like to disclose that this piece is doubling as a dating personal. I eat meat, date other women, go to church, and practice the art of monogamy in the Pacific Northwest. On my days off I can be found imbibing in the Kool-Aid of...

The New Complementarianism

The New Complementarianism

“It’s really strange — for all the work I’ve put into undoing the internalized homophobia and racism of my upbringing, I’ve still yet to extricate myself from the idea that the circumstances of my birth dictate what I should or shouldn’t do on a moral level. “

The Soulmates of Qing Se

The Soulmates of Qing Se

It was tight in the Lamp, that was for sure. Her hair drifted in the dark space as if underwater, and her tail looped in on itself. Her human form wanted to sleep, while her serpent form was itching to shed its skin. At last, Qing Se let herself drift off, loosening...

Inheritance

Inheritance

Once upon a time, there was a Buddhist monk named Tang Sanzang. He was compassionate to a fault, and he was prone to being fooled. Nevertheless, he was chosen by the Chinese emperor to go on a journey to Tianzhu, or modern-day India, to obtain Buddhist scriptures and...

PAAC 2018 Holiday Letter

PAAC 2018 Holiday Letter

From a simple Facebook group to a beautiful beloved community and powerful voice for justice, PAAC is growing up so fast! Here's a small sample of what we were up to in 2018. Lent Devotional (February and March) Somebody asked, "Hey, are there any devotionals written...

This Is Not My Beautiful LIfe

This Is Not My Beautiful LIfe

Jessie woke up to two small feet on her face. Her body was pushed to the very edge of her mattress and she really had to pee. The room was hangover bright but she didn’t recall drinking at all last night. Also, this was not her room. Also, WHY WERE THERE TWO SMALL...

The Rise of Awkwafina

The Rise of Awkwafina

2018 has been an especially draining year. We have a racist, corrupt, self-absorbed president. The ice caps are still melting. Aung San Suu Kyi is not the hero we thought she would be. I found 12 gray hairs on my head and oh did I mention that I work for a gun...

Notes on Playing the Asian in Otherwise “Important” Plays

Notes on Playing the Asian in Otherwise “Important” Plays

“Claire.” “Francis.” And so went our pre-show ritual. You know, I really didn’t have much of an affinity to my middle name—Claire—until I heard my scene partner pronounce it with the affect of a certain Kevin Spacey. The comical whiteness of our pre-show exchange...

Narrative Unity

Narrative Unity

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant—” Let me tell you a story. It is 2013. A (white male) casting associate approaches my desk. “Look, I know this is...kinda...racist but do you know anyone in Chinatown or who’s Asian who would like to be in an episode of ----...

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