Saturday Fish Fry & Why We Eat Whole Animals

Every Chinese New Year and on other occasions, my Mama performs a ritual of offering a variety of dishes to the Buddhist alters that protect our homes in hopes of ushering a year of good fortune. This involves purchasing and preparing a plethora of whole animals, pigs, ducks and chickens — with feet, faces and…

Just My Luck

Since the year of the pig is just around the bend, it seems like the perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months. My Mama forecasted an auspicious year for rabbits like myself, and although I endured some serious obstacles, I can’t say that her predictions were incorrect. From marrying my longtime love (in…

The Dreaded Rooster

Didn’t win the Powerball jackpot? It’s the year of the rooster. Someone cut you off in traffic? It’s a rooster month. Have a headache? It’s a rooster day. Got into an argument with the boyfriend? Rooster. Lost your credit card? Rooster. Cranky? Rooster. Every time I have an out-of-the-ordinary day, I can’t help but run…