A gentleman friend and I were dining at the Ritz last evening and he said that if I took a pencil and a paper and put down all of my thoughts it would make a book. This almost made me smile as what it would really make would be a whole row of encyclopediacs. I mean I seem to be thinking practically all of the time. I mean it is my favorite recreation and sometimes I sit for hours and do not seem to do anything else but think. So this gentlemen said a girl with brains ought to do something else with them besides think. –Anita Loos, Genltemen Prefer Blondes
Who am I, and why could you possibly care? Good question. This is the first time I’m taking a stab at blogging. I want to be a writer, and yet – for some reason – it has never really occurred to me to turn to blogging. To be fair, I’ve always been more interested in creative writing than nonfiction, but the people who know me well seem to think I should put my thoughts down in a more critical fashion. Like Lorelai from Anita Loo’s book, I suppose I should do more with my thoughts than simply think them.
From my photo and the above quote, I hope you have gathered some details about my interests. If you haven’t, I’ll list them out, along with other things I plan on writing about in this blog.
- I am Asian. Specifically, I am Chinese American. Born and bred in the liberal land deemed San Francisco, where I have daydreamed in the midst of heavy fog.
- I bleed books. I was an English major at Harvard University, where I finished a thesis on Asian American literature. Some of my favorite books are Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin. I just graduated and am now entering the adult world. Eeek.
- I’m in love with all things creative. My parents didn’t want me to become an artist, so they refused to give me art lessons (goodbye, the life of the starving painter — hello, the life of a struggling writer). Still, I scribbled on until I could somewhat decently draw. My other new passion is photography. Still much to be desired, but I hope to keep it up.
- News. I know, crazy, but I do try to keep up with the daily going-ons of this globally connected world.
Basically, if you’re interested in reading about any of that — Asian America, Harvard, English, Job Hunting/First Job, Art, Photography, Opinions… if anything here interests you, please look forward to my new posts!
(P.S. if you’re interested in Fashion, check out my other blog I’m working on with a friend, Aruna, at aamuse.wordpress.com. Among my friends, apparently I’m the “fashionable” one. Strange, since I would never have thought so in my younger age. Yet, I suppose it’s true. I’m not a fashionista, but I certainly like being well-dressed. The issue is keeping my wallet happy as well.)