A Restaurant with No Name

El Barrio Chino, Lima, Perú I stepped into their restaurant. A woman and her two kids were sitting at the first booth of the restaurant. I stared at her and she stared at me. I hadn’t experienced being stared at so hard when entering a restaurant. “Uhh.. para comer?” I said. Literally “to eat?” is…

Writing in Community with the Chinatown Writer’s Workshop

Mei leads me to the basement of The W.O.W Project’s space on Mott Street. “Be careful with the steps.” I slowly walk down the stairs of the Wing on Wo & Co.’s store, the oldest business in Chinatown dating back to the mid 1890’s. I find myself in their multipurpose basement for first time, surrounded…

Bringing Traditional Chinese Medicine to Havana: Report Back

The last time I went to Cuba, I arrived straight from having lived in Peru and did not know about the scarcity of supplies and resources there when it came to traditional Chinese goods. After meeting the community of elderly grandparents, I realized that given the chance, I’d lift some dim sum restaurants in New…