An ancient tombstone dated back 5300 years stands tall against a Southern Taiwan mountain skyline on a cloudy January in 2021
An ancient tombstone dated back 5300 years stands tall against a Southern Taiwan mountain skyline on a cloudy January in 2021
An ancient tombstone dated back 5300 years stands tall against a Southern Taiwan mountain skyline on a cloudy January in 2021. 卑南文化月形石柱

On the second week of our family road trip this winter break in Taiwan, I found myself staring at this beautiful rock formation, one of the oldest tombstones in Asia, dated five thousand three hundred years ago. My spouse turned to me and asked, “Do you think humans were smarter back then?” The date was January 7th, 2021 and we had woken up on the other side of the globe with the news of a storming of the US Capitol building by a mob of domestic terrorists. I thought about his question for a moment and then responded, “Humans back…


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It’s the end of the summer, and as often at the end of a summer, my skin is a dark, golden brown. As a child growing up in sunny Arizona, I cherish my memories of playing outside, swimming in neighborhood pools, and hiking in the hot sun. I love my brown color and think nothing of the shades it turns based on the seasons of the year. But this year, similar to the many years I would return as a child to my mother’s native Taiwan, I field many questions about my skin color.

“Are you mixed?”

“You don’t look…


Microaggressions from both sides of the Pacific

It’s been exactly one year since my family and I moved from California to Taiwan. My spouse and I have been thinking about living overseas for many years before we made the move last year. As a couple raising biracial kids, we wanted to live in a bilingual and bicultural environment so that our kids (and us) could learn to decenter the American way of life. …


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Chinese-American leaders gathered in San Francisco’s Chinatown to hold a rally in response to the increase of xenophobia following the novel coronavirus outbreak. Story here.

Following many months of increased xenophobia and racism towards the Asian community world-wide, the virus may now have a real presence in the Bay Area. Lowell High School has announced closure. Hand sanitizer is being sold online for crazy amounts of money. Public panic mixed with capitalism can easily increase the blood pressure of a sloth (if you know me, I really love sloths). …

Jessica Wei Huang

Educator, Mother, Traveler, Justice-seeker, and Hustler for the people

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