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A dash of M.S.G. (Macho Sino Girl) | A dash of M.S.G. (Macho Sino Girl)

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Nov.24.2009
           Yesterday, Mother and I finally caught sight of the artist (what else could you call him?) in action, a raw-boned man with a paunch wearing a baseball cap, dragging a shovel behind him on the deserted beach. (It was as rare and wonderful a sighting as a hummingbird weaving its sock nest...
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Sep.13.2009
When my Chinese-American friends come down from the Bay Area for a visit to the Central Coast, they say, We'd like to stop by and say, hi, to your parents.  It truly warms the cockles of my heart.  Only my Chinese-American friends think to do this.   When I was invited to speak at the...
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Aug.16.2009
My father's second cousin had come to the city, and he saw a group of men standing around the vendor of bolts of blue and white cotton cloth.  "This is of excellent quality and I'm lettin' them go cheap,"  cried the vendor to the cousin.  He unloaded the bolt from his cart, throwing them...
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Aug.09.2009
I'm coming to the end of my Manchurian trilogy (the last of the three books to be published next year in graphic novel format), which I've worked on for twenty years.  It is my obsession no longer, nor do I owe the unrequited ghosts of my ancestors the labor of my heart and pen. I was obsessed this...
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Jul.12.2009
I am finally peaceful enough to write after a health scare that sucked away all oxygen for nearly a year.  The last three weeks turned nightmarish, because my eyes were to be implanted with medicine at St. Mary's on Wednesday.  A foreign object was going to be plugged in near my retina.  After...
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May.18.2009
Jess Brown.  The few things I knew about this man I frequently met at activist Mary Green's parties: he was handsome, gentle and soft spoken; he had served on the board of the Monterey Museum of Art; he and his wife, Laura, had purchased one of my favorite paintings, that of Chinese acrobats.  But...
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Apr.26.2009
Dear Belle, How would you like to have a Big Sur adventure with me?  I have been invited by Erin Gafill to videotape a little bit of Nepenthe's 60th Anniversary celebration on Friday.  I would use it for a segment of Life in the Arts. All of the Big Sur artists and characters will come out of the...
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Apr.19.2009
You'll be hearing me cry, "I'm finished," multiple times before I am really done. Two weeks ago, I completed the body of my graphic novel, "Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale.  Then I took five days off to play, feeling guilty after only the second day of goofing off. final page on...
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Apr.14.2009
Sometimes, you feel a creative relationship is legendary while you are part of it.  And if it won't be legend, why not pretend it is while you live it?  It makes life all that more intriguing and dazzling.  What's feels legendary about my connection to Steve and Nancy Hauk?  Well, I'd have to...
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Apr.04.2009
This is a blog entry I write to myself to mark a celebration. I am drawing my very last page of "Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale," a memoir in graphic (comics) format.  I've buried my great grandfather, I've taken the ashes of my grandparents to holy Wutain Mountain, I've made my father...