Christine H. Lee

How to Play with Your Food Like an Asian American

When we read books, we look for ourselves.

If we don’t see a character that resembles us, we look at thematic elements and situations and feelings that bond us to the narrative, or for familiarity in the landscape, whether it be objects or hobbies we love. In finding a connection, we then develop empathy for the myriad things that do differ from our lives. This is how narrative works. Narrative burrows into our mind through an emotional door and an excellent story, and sometimes, ensuing insights stay with us for a lifetime.