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First Person

From Darkness to Light

Four years ago, my 20-year-old daughter fearfully looked across a table at me and said the words that would forever change my life: “I want to transition to be a boy.”

Marsha Aizumi | Sat, Jun 28th- 3:04am | Family, Gender & Sexuality, LGBTQ, First Person, Issue 27: Sex - Summer 2013

A Call to Advocacy

“Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived in a barnyard with her three chicks.”

Thuy-Anh Vo | Thu, Jun 20th- 1:40pm | amerasians, first person, vietnam war, Community, Diaspora, First Person, Issue 26: The South - Spring 2013, Parenthood

The Power of Two

Writer Anabel Mariko Stenzel

I love Japan. As a child, I loved its scenery, food and the cute toys. As an English teacher there after college, I loved its clean streets, work ethic and its generous people. My Japanese mother and...

Anabel Mariko S... | Thu, Jan 24th- 12:48am | cystic fibrosis, japan, organ donation, Activism, First Person, Issue 25: Generation - Spring 2012, Health & Environment

An Identity Under Wraps

Growing up in Northern California, I remember chatting with my father as he tied his pagri. We started in the bathroom where he brushed and tied up his beard under his chin. We then moved to the dresser mirror in my parents’ bedroom, where he...

Meeta Kaur | Wed, May 9th- 9:54am | First Person, Issue 24: Survival - Winter 2011

Suturing Self

One med student comes to grips with being a dutiful South Asian American daughter, accepting her love of science, and surrounding herself with body fluids.

Dharushana Muth... | Thu, Sep 8th- 11:02pm | Essay, First Person, Issue 23: Bittersweet - Spring 2011, Health & Environment

Reflections of War and a Makeshift Altar

Two framed pictures of my brother and me used to hang over a makeshift altar in my mom’s house. They were the stoic portraits that all Marines take during boot camp.

Peter J. Swing | Sun, Mar 25th- 6:17pm | Essay, First Person, Issue 22: Throwback - Winter 2010, History, Immigration, Politics, Race

Seeking the Perfect Body

The weight-loss spa in Taipei, Taiwan, was a world where I could “fix” myself, namely by transforming my appearance to match my inner beauty.

Lisa Lee | Mon, Dec 20th- 11:27pm | Culture, First Person, Issue 21: New Legacy - Fall 2010, Gender, Health & Environment

Papa-San: Pat Morita’s Daughter on the Waxing and Waning of Her Father’s Life

A little after his 50th birthday, Karate Kid happened. The role of Mr. Miyagi was both his most rewarding and most damning experience in show business.


Aly Morita | Tue, Aug 17th- 10:50pm | Essay, First Person, Issue 20: Inside/Out - Spring 2010, Film, Media, Performing Arts, Race, TV

First Person

A daughter journeys to Thailand in search of the past and to reconcile her mother's suicide.

Pueng Vongs | Mon, Mar 8th- 10:49pm | First Person, Issue 19: Trailblazing - Winter 2009

My world spun out of control when I found out that I was born addicted to heroin in the Alderson Federal Prison for women in West Virginia - a long way from where I lived with my adopted family In Seattle. When I was about 12, I found a letter...

Anonymous | Mon, Mar 8th- 10:35pm | Essay, First Person, Issue 18: Action - Summer 2009, Gender, Parenthood, Race, Social Issues

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