An assortment of thoughts, observations, and reflections
I spent the last few weeks traveling throughout Southeast Asia.
This is my first time visiting this part of the world. I was in Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia) back in 2013, but that was for a deployment and I spent the entire time on a military base interacting only with fellow Americans.
Though I am half Korean by ancestry, I have no connection with Asian culture or heritage. It’s not an “identity” for me, in the same way that being American, or being a veteran, or being a former foster kid is.
I’ve only written one essay from the “Asian American perspective” and I felt a little bit like a fraud when I was approached to write it.