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Taking my mother back to Taiwan

Taking my mother back to Taiwan

It was raining in Northern Taiwan the day our plane landed at Taoyuan Airport. The blue pall that hung in the sky contrasted with the harsh yellow glow of the terminal. My mother, unsure of the...

Discovering my roots in Vietnam

Discovering my roots in Vietnam

My identity fits messily into the space of a hyphen. Increasingly as I’ve grown older, I’ve wondered if the hyphen between Asian-American* made me any less of either, or perhaps neither. Identity is a fickle matter. It shifts allegiances as it sees fit, hopscotching...

Agnes Tran wins a trip to Vietnam

Agnes Tran wins a trip to Vietnam

“I can smell the McDonalds on you,” my aunt joked when we picked her up from Los Angeles International Airport. I am the Southern Californian stereotype -- obscure slang, In-n-Out junkie, and snow jackets once the weather hits below 80 degrees. But beyond my supposed...

Pierre Thibodeaux wins a trip to Taiwan

Pierre Thibodeaux wins a trip to Taiwan

Ahma was never too good at English. Hearing my grandmother's broken adulations over the phone is still something I take comfort in. Her Taiwanese is a different story. I can't understand her tales, spoken in her native tongue, but the fervor and passion which she...

My experiences in Thailand

My experiences in Thailand

Who would have ever expected a girl from East Los Angeles to win an all-expense paid trip to Thailand? Here I am, two weeks back from Thailand with so many things to say. When I left Los Angeles, I only expected to learn about Buddhism. It is impossible to explain the...

Luis Valente earns trip to Japan

Luis Valente earns trip to Japan

Feelings of comfort and reassurance are hard to come by in large metropolitan areas. The outskirts of Los Angeles have been my home for the entirety of my life, but despite this, I’ve never felt comfortable in the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Los Angeles like I...

Monica Hernandez earns trip to Thailand

Monica Hernandez earns trip to Thailand

  Religion has been a huge factor in my life; being born into a Catholic family I was taught to worship God, Jesus, and the Virgin Mary. Living in a neighborhood highly populated by Latinos and Central Americans I am not culturally enriched. I enjoy learning...

Meet the students selected for a free trip to Asia!

Meet the students selected for a free trip to Asia!

Monica Hernandez and Luis Valente are the winners of the second annual Discover Asia Correspondent Contest, sponsored by Korean Air. They will each receive an expense-paid five-day, six-night trip courtesy of Korean Air to the destination of their choice in Asia to...

Reflections of a lucky girl

Reflections of a lucky girl

Last February, my English professor at Chapman University encouraged me to enter the Los Angeles Times Asia Correspondent Contest sponsored by Korean Airlines.  To my complete surprise my essay submission was awarded a prize of two, round-trip tickets to fly to any...