I WORK HARD, EVERYDAY.
My labor is not free.
I built HAPTIC,
a PRESS to empower the voices and attempts of artists.
I MAKE, WRITE, EXPRESS.
And make myself vulnerable
a prefix applied to various parts of speech, meaning “ill,” “mistaken,” “wrong,” “wrongly,” “incorrectly,” or simply negating: mistrial; misprint; mistrust.
Excerpt from “The undeniable force of khó khăn”
She used a certain vocabulary to tell her stories.
I did not understand their precise meaning, but became familiar with their sounds. Whispers of the past professed through stories of struggle and sacrifice.
The words were fragmented totems—heavy with a metaphysics of meaning and untranslatable into the American English of my suburban childhood realities. I held the totems in my hands, ran my fingers along their textures, and carefully placed them in my treasure chest.
The words represented my mother’s life. Each word embodied tales of worlds past, dreams lost, the impossible overcome.