Five days in Havana. Hardly enough to really glimpse the city and the country for what it is, but enough to know that there is a world of difference between its Caribbean colours and Seattle's moody skies.


[heart check] Are you being a capitalist friend?

We can publicly disavow capitalism, and we can choose to divest and practice anti-capitalist means of engaging with politics and the economy, but we must ask ourselves:  are we being capitalists in our private lives?

Audre Lorde: Poetry Is Not a Luxury

"For within living structures defined by profit, by linear power, by institutional dehumanization, our feelings were not meant to survive. Kept around as unavoidable adjuncts or pleasant pastimes, feelings were expected to kneel to thought as women were expected to kneel to men. But women have survived. As poets. And there are no new pains. …


I’m here.

The day before my birthday, two years ago, was the closest that I had ever come to suicide.


Who’s afraid of international students?

People generally assume that I’m an American based on the way that I sound. It might not be their first impression when they see me, but I usually throw them for a loop when they try to match my accent to my origins: “Where are you from?” “Hong Kong,” I answer. “But you must’ve lived …


Donna Haraway: On “Objective” Knowledge and its Purpose

"So, I think my problem, and "our" problem, is how to have simultaneously an account of radical historical contingency for all knowledge claims and knowing subjects, a critical practice for all knowledge claims and knowing subjects, a critical practice for recognizing our own "semiotic technologies" for making meanings and a no-nonsense commitment to faithful accounts of a …


The Combahee River Collective Statement (1977)

"We realize that the liberation of all oppressed peoples necessitates the destruction of the political-economic systems of capitalism and imperialism as well as patriarchy. We are socialists because we believe that work must be organized for the collective benefit of those who do the work and create the products, and not for the profit of …