Learning to Live with Durians Again

“It is a strange sort of alienation, when you make the life-changing decision to return home, only to suspect that you no longer belong.”

Source: Catapult
Published: Oct 18, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,075 words)

Did I Want Tony Stark—or Want to Be Him?

“When I think about the time before I ever uttered the words ‘I am a lesbian,’ I don’t think about a closet. I think about a costume trunk.”

Source: Catapult
Published: Oct 4, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,605 words)

What It’s Like to Travel When You Have a ‘Bad’ Passport

“I am always an immigrant, never an expatriate. As an immigrant, to even visit a country, you must prove not just your legality, but your worth.”

Author: Anne Moraa
Source: Catapult
Published: Apr 15, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,792 words)

Inheriting an Autoimmune Disease and an Instinct for Survival

“Science provides me with a vocabulary of illness, confirming what my body already knows: that it will never be the same.”

Source: Catapult
Published: May 10, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

What Mr. Miyagi Taught Me About Anti-Asian Racism in America

In The Karate Kid franchise, writes Beth Nguyen, “Mr. Miyagi is the perpetual foreigner who exists to serve the whiteness that surrounds him.”

Source: Catapult
Published: Mar 23, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,495 words)

A Black Physicist Is Borne Back Ceaselessly Into the Past

“I am forced to live in a parallel world to the one I wanted to live in, where I could have been a physicist without also constantly being asked to speak on or attempt to compensate for the persistent racism of institutions.”

Source: Catapult
Published: Mar 17, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,201 words)

Dear IU, Our Bodies Are Fine

“I knew my body wasn’t ‘right’; it didn’t look like the bodies of the K-pop idols and Korean actresses I grew up admiring.”

Author: Giaae Kwon
Source: Catapult
Published: Mar 11, 2021
Length: 12 minutes (3,181 words)

Motherhood, Metamorphosis

“I do not wish to have not been a parent. But I think it is normal to imagine new existences when the world is crumbling.”

Source: Catapult
Published: Nov 10, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,853 words)

How Generations of Black Women Artists Are Lost to Institutional Racism

“All of my most cherished conversations on [Kathleen] Collins have been with Black women. My introduction to her came via the work of the first female editor I worked with. Her stunning meditation on both Collins and her daughter opened my eyes to a woman whose late arrival to my canon was one I couldn’t understand. As often as I’ve come back to her writings, I’ve also come back to this introductory essay which touched on art, secrets, love, and illness.”

Source: Catapult
Published: May 7, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,402 words)

All That Is Lost and All That Is Remembered

On the 30th anniversary of her Navy captain father’s political execution, Naz Riahi recalls her love for him, and reveals a persistent grief that is always with her.

Author: Naz Riahi
Source: Catapult
Published: Apr 1, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,409 words)