TV, Teens & Turmoil: Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee Review


Thank you to Random House Children's Crown Books for Young Readers for providing me with an advanced reader copy for review. Receiving this galley does not impact my opinion of the book.
"On TV, things are uncomplicated, with lots of fanfare. But sometimes real life is better, in all of its complications, in all of its everyday, quiet ache."

In this novel, Jeff Zenter weaves the perspectives of high school seniors Josie and Delia, known to their horror movie show audience as Rayne and Delilah. On "Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee", the girls watch and review old films that Delia's father shared with her as a child. For Josie, the show is practice for her future career in television. As high school graduation approaches, however, Josie struggles to choose between staying in her hometown to continue the local show and moving to Knoxville to pursue something bigger: an internship at the Food Network. She also unexpectedly falls in love with a guest on her show, Lawson, further complicating her decision. For Delia, the show has more personal meaning: "Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee" is her escape from her home situation, where Delia must care for her mother, and a way to reach out to the father that left her. Zenter's book illustrates the hard decisions that young adults face during their transition to life after high school.

Comfort, College, & Canada: January 2020 Recap


“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -
- John Steinbeck

I can't believe that January is already over. This month was eventful for me: I transitioned from a restorative winter break at home to an increasingly busy second semester of college. Looking back, the days felt slow, but the weeks flew by.

Why is the Korean Church So Important to the Korean-American Community? (I Made a Podcast!)


"When you come to a strange place, you need someone to help you. You need someone to talk to you and share your meals and your life and your job. So we need as a person, we need community, we need somebody other than yourself. That’s natural. We need each other."  - Barbara Park

During my first semester of college, I took a freshman seminar called American Soundscapes. In this class, we explored a variety of music in the United States and the diaspora and communities behind them. From traditional Irish music in Boston to North Indian classical dance in San Francisco and Arab music in Detroit, our case studies ventured to unexpected and vibrant nodes of culture.

Do the Ends Justify the Means? Descendant of the Crane Book Review


Thank you to Albert Whitman & Company for providing me with an advanced reader copy for review. Receiving this galley does not impact my opinion of the book.
"If you want to understand a person, peer at his heart through the window of his prejudices and assumptions."

Descendant of the Crane follows the journey of Hesina of Yan as she searches for her father's true killer. Now the queen, Hesina holds the power to order a formal investigation and trial to identify the murderer. Yet the young leader's pursuit of justice is not so simple. Hesina hides her own act of treason from the public: seeking the assistance of soothes, clairvoyants rejected by society. To complicate matters, Hesina's representative in court, Akira, is a criminal himself, and the court desires a quick answer rather than a fair trial. Even worse, other kingdoms, sensing the new court's vulnerability, near closer to war. With the help of her royal siblings, Sanjing, Caiyan, Lillian, and Rou, and her representative, Akira, Hesina must quell public dissent and mediate court politics to find the king's murderer and save her kingdom.

My 2020 Resolutions


New year, new me? Not exactly. 

For me, 2019 was a year of renewal. I felt like a new me: stronger, happier, and once more inspired. As I reflected on the year past and look towards the future, I wanted to create goals that would challenge me but also expand upon the progress I made in 2019. In 2020, I don't need to be a "new me". I can enhance, enrich, and expand to build upon the last year and be the best me I can be.

Fire in the Dark: Thoughts on Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill


“In the end, the courage of women can't be stamped out. And stories - the big ones, the true ones - can be caught but never killed.”

In Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, journalist Ronan Farrow details his two-year reporting efforts to expose Harvey Weinstein for predatorial behavior and sexual assault. With the help of his producer, McHugh, Farrow interviewed several women, including Emily Nestor, Rowena Chiu, and Karen McDougal, who shared their stories in the hopes of preventing further abuses of power. But the author's investigation faced roadblocks to going public. At NBC News, the president and others in positions of power stymied Farrow's reporting to protect the company name and their connections. When Farrow turns to The New Yorker to publish his story, NBC News and Weinstein threatened legal action against him. Weinstein also employed an Israeli intelligence agency, the Black Cube, to stalk the author and his interview contacts.