In retrospect, I think this diary entry captures a very unique stage of teenage girlhood. In childhood I made ‘memory books’, in late adolescence I kept diaries. For a few years at the beginning of high school, it was a mix of the two. The contrast between the drawings, glitter, candy wrappers and the contraceptive pill pack is representative of this awkward in-between stage. It is at once childlike and too grown up. Adolescent fears about what people think are often dismissed as immature, but sometimes we all need a reminder that everybody doesn’t hate us.
Kristen Liu-Wong is a 27-year-old Chinese American artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. When you come across her illustrations, you find yourself sucked into a story that you never want to end. Each vibrant artwork features all sorts of topics; sex, magic, war, feminism, self- exploration, mythological creatures and more! Sorjo chatted with Kristen on how she gets inspiration to create such magical and vivid illustrations and being a Chinese- American artist.
Often times, patients who are seeking resources for their own mental health feel isolated and alienated because of their lack of connection with their therapists. They find themselves providing labor to make their white therapist understand where they’re coming from as a person of color. Manu Kaur explores the importance of QTPOC therapists and their own personal journey as a non binary queer Sikh in the field of mental health.
Chrys answers your concerns about a jealous lover, getting over the feeling of being left out and dating someone on your own terms.
Reclaiming my independence after someone broke my trust.